Mung Beans, better known as Beansprouts are packed full of lots of different vitamins & nutrients - protein, fibre, potassium, copper, zinc and Vitamins B, C and K, whilst being low in calories. They are the staple in many Chinese/Oriental dishes and are a great alternative for winter salads bringing a unique nutty flavour.
The Chinese used mung bean sprout for healing over 5,000 years ago and they make up the staple diet in countries such as India, Africa and South America.
How to grow Mung Beansprouts Sprouting Seeds:
Wide mouth jars
Soak the seeds in water at room temperature - there should be enough water to cover the seeds. When choosing a container to soak your seed in bear in mind that seeds swell up to 4 times their original size during this period. The seeds should be left for roughly 8-12 hours as a guide, beans and grains need at least this length of time and smaller seed may need less. Soaking is how we begin the sprouting process in most cases. Then drain the seed and follow the instructions below.
- Make sure that the jars are super clean and sterile
a. Use a screw top lid and simply drill or punch several holes in the lid but not too large, the water needs to be able to drain, but not the seed!
b. An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
c. Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
d. Use water at room temperature, water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Cold water can also slow the germination process
e. Don't put too much seed in the jar, allow the seed sufficient room to expand insufficient space will lead to mould issues as air cannot circulate sufficiently
- After the initial soak of 8-12 hours, the water needs to be emptied and filled back up with room temperature water
- Turn the jar upside down and let the water drain out, the seeds should be left damp and not swimming in the water
- Rinse 2-3 times per day with room temperature water
- Mung Beans don't need light to germinate so you can keep them in a low light environment. Growing in light may make them taste bitter
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest, typically 2-3 days
- De-hulling before refrigerating is not necessary
Hulls may be removed but they are not harmful to eat, removal helps to minimise spoilage in storage.
When to Sow Mung Beansprout Sprouting Seeds
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