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Mung bean sprouts - any experience in growing them?

 
Amedean Messan
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Just trying to crowd-source information here but I have recently become very interested in Asian cuisine with particular interests in stir-frying. One of my favorite ingredients is the bean sprouts. Mung bean is the most commonly used bean because for their characteristic long stems so I have read but as much as I like these I am interested in maintaining a sustainable diet. This means if I cannot grow them then I will not pursue to incorporate them in my diet.

This leads me to a gap in my information - can I grow them? I found a link from the USDA which leads me to believe that I can grow them here in North Carolina because it is grown in Virginia (link below).

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=VIRA4

One aspect that further interests me is the increased nutritional value of the sprouted bean when compared to the dormant seed. I found some additional information from youtube regarding how to cultivate the sprouts.



 
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Yes, I've grown mung bean sprouts as well as sprouted any and every other dry bean or pea from our shelf. You'll find instructions all over the place but it boils down to something very simple:

1) They are seeds, and alive, so don't let them dry out, get too hot, freeze, or sit in festering water.

2) How we do it is, we soak the dry bean or pea overnight in warm water. Next day, we drain it off, rinse, and leave the moist seeds in a loosely covered container. You don't need any special sprouting apparatus, but a sieve is useful. Do what you need to in order that they not dry out. Put in some new water every day or so, and drain it off to keep the seeds moist but not festering. They'll sprout faster if kept warm (but not killingly hot, of course). I feel that they are sweeter if sprouted in warmer conditions, but I'm not sure it's true.

3) Taste them as soon as they swell up and I find that they are delicious every day, from having a tiny nub of shoot till they get long. My mung bean sprouts never get as long as the ones sold in the US (as shown in your picture) but they were delicious anyway, especially in winter when we don't have any fresh vegetables. At some point they sort of wilt.

All kinds of dried peas and beans usually do well. I like the flavor of some of the other ones better than mung beans.

I also did some herbs, ones where both the seed and the leaf are edible.

Tip: Don't mix different things in one container, because they sprout at different rates.
 
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Thanks Rebecca, have you any experiences on cultivating mung beans? I was hoping to find some user experience with people harvesting mung beans in temperate regions like here.
 
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Sorry, no, we just buy them. They are not grown in this region. But any and all types of fully ripe and then dried peas and beans will sprout nicely. We do grow local peas and sprout them too.
 
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Well I found some information on cultivation in more northern states here.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/mungbean.html
 
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