Sprouting Mung Beans {And a Gardening Coupon Code}


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If you’ve never sprouted beans you’re missing out on a lot of fun, yummies, and nutrition!

As gardeners, we don’t expect instant gratification. No, our gratification timetable falls somewhere between the time it takes to grow a Chia Pet to that of aging fine wine.

We wait months for the complete transformation of a tiny lettuce seed to a ready-to-eat stalk or head of lettuce. That’s pretty much the case for any vegetable. However, with sprouts, the seed-to-table time is accelerated exponentially. Of course, that’s only because we’re not waiting for the seed to become a mature plant producing its fruit. Instead, we help the seed START to grow, and then … toss it in our mouth. Pretty sneaky if you ask me. The little seed doesn’t see it comin’.

There are so many beans you can sprout and toss into dishes. Most often you hear of sprouts being used in salads or stir-fry dishes. I love salads loaded with goodies, and sprouts give my salads variety, extra crunch, additional nutrition, and a little whimsical presentation.

5 Reasons to Sprout Beans

  1. Sprouts Are Nutritious.*
  2. Sprouting Allows You to Eat the Beans NOW.
  3. Sprouting Aids in the Digestion of the Beans.
  4. Sprouting Provides Winter Cabin-Fever Reprieve.
  5. Sprouting is SO Much Fun!
  6. *You’ll need to do your own research on this. Some believe raw sprouts are a nutrient-dense food; others believe eating raw sprouts may be the cause of some illnesses and death outbreaks.

I’ll have to elaborate on these reasons in a future post. There is so much that can be said about sprouting beans; I just can’t easily fit it all into one post.

How to Sprout Mung Beans

Sprouting beans is incredibly easy to do. It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sprouting beans 20 years ago.

Mung beans take a few days to sprout, but YOUR part takes LITERALLY SECONDS to do two or three times each day. And some beans, like mung beans, can be sprouted in a Mason jar.

Sprouting Mung Beans Using the Jar Method (Supplies and Steps):

- Mung Beans (for Sprouting) (affiliate link)
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar
- Sprout-Ease – Econo-Sprouter Toppers Set – 3 Piece(s) (affiliate link)
- Shallow, Large Bowl/Dish

  1. Pour no more than roughly 1/2″ of dry mung beans into a quart size or larger canning jar.
  2. Pour cool water in the jar, swoosh the beans around in the water, and drain water.
  3. Refill with water, and soak the beans 8 to 12 hours.
  4. Drain all water, rinse, drain, and set aside.
  5. Every 8 to 12 hours rinse the beans, drain the water, and set aside.
  6. Repeat the rinse/drain/set aside process every 8 to 12 hours for 5 to 7 days.

**Botanical Interests recommends propping the jar at an angle to allow any excess water to continue to drain. What works for me is placing the jar at a 45 degree angle in a very shallow but large bowl. A shallow and large bowl allows air circulation. You don’t want to prop the jar up in such a way that you block off air circulation. If you notice any signs of mold, TOSS the beans!**

When Are Mung Bean Sprouts Ready to Eat?

Some people say you can eat them as early as the end of 2 days of sprouting. I think they taste “beany,” for lack of a better word. Botanical Interests states mung beans are ready to harvest when the sprouts are at least 1/2″ long, roughly between day 5 and 7.

What Do Mung Bean Sprouts Taste Like?

The first time I sprouted mung beans I told John we could have a salad that night with the sprouts. He asked what the sprouts tasted like and wanted to know if they taste like … dirt. (A little background is important here. Years ago, someone gave John some kind of wild root tea to try. According to John, “It tasted like DIRT.”) :)

I thought the sprouts actually had a slightly sweet taste, so I “comforted” John with that. Then I told him, “Well, maybe sweet dirt.” (Just kidding. They don’t taste like dirt.)

They’re crunchy and slightly sweet, if you wait until at least day 5-ish.

Where Can I Find Mung Beans?

You might find mung beans at your local health food store or possibly even your garden store. The only mung beans I’ve used came from Botanical Interests. (Actually, I came across the seeds at a store, but it’s by no means a convenient stop for me. I’ve since found Botanical Interests online, and now I can conveniently order them while sitting at my computer.)

Botanical Interests is a family owned business selling non-GMO seeds, offering HUNDREDS OF SEEDS, and over 150 varieties of organic seed.

Many (maybe all?) of their seed packets are illustrated by Libby Kyer. They’re loaded with information – on the front, back, and even INSIDE the seed packet.

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How Do People Prepare/Eat Mung Bean Sprouts?

I’ve only eaten mung bean sprouts raw, either as sprouts only or in salads. You can also lightly steam them or use in stir-fry dishes.


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18 comments to Sprouting Mung Beans {And a Gardening Coupon Code}

  • Great post. We have a mix of beans that have mung in them and we love them.

  • I just sprouted mung beans for the first time this winter for a soup – they sprout nicely!

  • I’ve got a jar of mung beans sitting in my pantry that I’ve been waiting a long time to sprout.. is this a sign that I should get on it?! It’s going on my to do list now :)

  • Truth be told – I had no idea what a Mung Bean was until I read this post! Thanks for teaching me something :)

  • jo n

    I’ve been wanting to try this but very leary. I noticed you use a mason jar – do you use a special lid? I’ve seen jars specifically for sprouting and it had a screen type lid.

    • Holly

      Funny you should ask. That’s actually part of an upcoming post on how I made a sprouting lid. You’ll have to keep following to get those details. ;) In the meantime, I did include a link in the post to where you can find sprouting lids.

  • Kelly

    I just bought some broccoli seeds to sprout. I am so very excited, these will be my first sprouting experience. I am sure my family will love it :) Our garden is producing well, so I am envisioning a big organic garden salad with the sprouts tomorrow. I will get beans my next trip to town.

  • Well, other than pinto beans in taco salad, I have to say we’ve never had beans in salad. I KNOW we should be eating them in salad but they just don’t seem to go together. However, if you say they ar cruchy and kind of sweet – I’ll have to give it a try ;-). Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday and we hope to see you again this week!

    • Holly

      Just think of them as lettuce roots. ;) Then, they’re the perfect addition to your salad.

    • Holly

      Oh, one more thing! The top photo actually has two completely different “batches”(?) of mung beans in it. They’re from the same seed packet, but I started the two batches of sprouting about a week apart. The sprouts at the corner of the plate were only at day 2 (maybe 3), which taste too beany for me (but I was needing to take the photos that day :) ). The older sprouts in the photo, the ones with leaves just starting to grow, are closer to the taste I prefer.

      Somewhere I read the suggestion of tasting the sprouts each day to discover the taste/sprout age you prefer.

  • I love mung bean sprouts, but I haven’t done it in a while. Maybe this is the push I need! I was hoping the kids would take to them a little better than they did ;) I featured your post at the HomeAcre hop, thanks for the submission – be sure to stop by this week and submit another post!

  • Amber

    The sprouts I get in my stir fry don’t have a bean attached to them. Was it removed or turned wholly into a sprout? I love sprouts in stir fry.

    • Holly

      That’s a great question. You’ve got me stumped. :)

      All the stir fry recipes I’ve seen online have the bean still attached, but the bean blends in well with the sprout so it’s not real obvious that there’s a bean. Here’s one video I found. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43_AfH3gXNQ

      Maybe the dishes you’ve enjoyed have had the bean removed.

  • Heather

    These look like fun. I bet my youngest would especially love to help. She’s always saving seeds from her fruit in hopes we’ll grow a tree or something, so this could be an alternative and give her an experience growing something. The salad picture looks delicious!

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