It's my experience that the ones in cans don't sprout very well, if at all.
Travis wrote:my girlfriend is a hummus fiend, whereas I'm more of a humus fiend...
OK, this surprises me and I think I've learned something from this conversation. I had thought that since all beans in grocery stores have been irradiated, that they could not be sprouted. Hmmmmm, apparently they can be, so my questie is, "why are folks to aversed to irradiated beans?" Does it kill off the nutrients?
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Also: every sack of potatoes I've bought in the last few years has ended up sprouting, so I think irradiation is mostly out of fashion for that product.
Travis Philp wrote:
This is a bit alarming...
"A 1975 clinical study in India, which appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 15 malnourished children who were fed either irradiated or non-irradiated food. Eighty percent of the children fed irradiated food developed a pre-cancerous chromosomal disorder called polyploidy. A more recent study on 70 students in China (Chinese Medical Journal, 1987) also showed an increased rate of chromosomal abnormalities.
In addition, the "unique radiolytic products" (URP's), or toxins, produced through irradiation include: known carcinogens such as formaldehyde (used in embalming) and naphthalene (used in moth repellents), and others. If this were not enough, essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids are also destroyed at varying"
Leah Sattler wrote:
I know that their freshness would be in question and therefore their germination rate too, but otherwise is there any reason why they wouldn't grow? such as being treated with stuff like potatoes are....