How to sprout lentils for a pretty spring decoration

indoor plant, lentil sprouts

Roberto Caruso

Green shoots are the most welcome sign of spring. Make the season come a little sooner by sprouting lentils indoors, a twist on an old tradition in Provence. Try your hand at it by sprinkling a handful of lentils onto some cotton balls or paper towels. Keep them damp (but not wet), and in a week or so you’ll have delicate, cheerful sprouts. We started ours in brie boxes, but saucers and small bowls work just as well. Use them to decorate a spring table or as a delicious, fresh addition to any sandwich.