Recently, I took on the challenge to sprout my own mung beans. You might be wondering why or when to use these beans; well, I put them on top on our bowls and salads. Like other sprouts in the grocery store (ex: alfalfa, broccoli), mung beans are easy to sprout. The steps below take you through sprouting your own beans.
- Purchase mung beans. I purchased beans in bulk from our local health food store.
- Find a jar with a screen or cheesecloth top. A pint canning jar works great and I use a small piece of screen then screw on the top without a lid.
- Next, fill the jar ¼ full of beans.
- Soak the mung beans overnight.
- Drain the beans and from here on out, rinse the beans twice a day draining all standing water. Within a day or two you will see sprouts!
Mung beans are high in vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber and sprouted – they have more antioxidants and amino acids. (https://www.healthline.com) Eat them quickly or they may turn into full plants. When that happened to mine, I ate them anyway.
Lastly, for the photographers, I used my Olympus 60mm macro lens, window light, and a piece of black plexi glass. This is a single image (not focus stacked).