Here is some of what I found on veghealthguide.com:
To Soak or Not to Soak...
Although eating nuts and seeds, even when roasted, can be very healthy, it may be beneficial to purchase your nuts and seeds raw and then soak them in clean water for a few hours before eating them. Soaking raw nuts and seeds stimulates the process of germination, which increases the vitamin C, B, and carotenes (pre-vitamin A) content. It may also neutralize phytic acid, a substance present in the bran of all grains and seeds that can inhibit some absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and zinc. Raw nuts and seeds also contain enzyme inhibitors that are neutralized by germination.
If you choose to soak your nuts and seeds, please follow these general guidelines:
- Getting ready: Use
raw, preferably organic,
seeds. Make enough for three
only. Use a glass or
bowl or jar (plastics may
toxins). Rinse your nuts or
or distilled water is
- Soak them: Place
your nuts and seeds in in
or jar and then cover it
breathable, like a towel or
Let them soak according to
schedule (all times
- Almonds, germination time 8 – 12 hours at room temperature
- Cashews, whole, germination time 2 – 2 1/2 hours at room temperature
- Sesame seeds, germination time 8 hours at room temperature
- Sunflower seeds, germination time 2 hours at room temperature
- Walnuts, germination time 4 hours at room temperature
- All other nuts, germination time 6-24 hours at room temperature
- Afterwards: After you've soaked them, you may want to do a final rinse with grapefruit seed extract or organic apple cider vinegar, as these can will clean them of bacteria without being absorbed. You now have germinated nuts and seeds! You're ready to eat them. You can store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three (3) days.