Gardening – Growing mung bean sprouts at home

Mung beans are used to prepare several dishes, including soups, dessert-like pastes, and jellies. Mung beans are also eaten raw in the form of sprouts. These sprout mung beans have relatively low calories and are packed with lots of nutrients. These nutrients include potassium, phosphorous, and protein. Mung beans almost taste like lentils and are very easy to grow at home using locally available items like jars and tulle netting. Mung beans generally produce sprouts that have a very high nutritional value. These sprouts grow within three to five days.

Same as growing of any other sprouts, cleanliness is essential. Thorough cleaning is not only critical for growth as well as development, but it’s also vital for growing safe and clean sprouts. To grow Mung bean sprouts is a simple task. When mature, ensure that you refrigerate them before they develop leaves, as most people find the sprouts unpleasant after they develop leaves or grow too large.

Requirements

  • A sprout jar or a large bowl
  • Mung Bean Sprout seeds
  • Water
  • Natural Lighting

Procedure

1. Soak the seeds

The first steps involve soaking your bean seeds in cold water for 5-6 hours, or even overnight. Ensure that the seeds are wholly submerged. Make sure they are not floating on the water surface. Soaking the seeds softens the seed coat, which promotes germination. After soaking, drain all the water and clean the seeds thoroughly. Cleaning is supposed to get rid of the extraneous matter. Don’t forget to remove all the excess water.

2. Rinse the Seeds

After letting the seeds settle for several hours, rinse them once more with cold, clean water. Drain all the water from the jar. Rinse the seeds repeatedly with cold water and draining four times daily as mung bean sprouts develop until when they’re ready for harvest and consumption. As sprouts grow, they must have good air circulation.

3. Provide Enough Light

Ensure your sprouts are getting enough air circulation and light. Most types of sprouters provide good circulation and lighting. They also have a tilting motion that’s necessary for good drainage. Ensure that you keep the container on a location that has enough light and airflow.

4. Harvesting

Once your sprouts have attained a good state for consumption, you can place them under refrigeration to keep them fresh for longer. This is typically within two six days, depending on the type of beans grown and the amount of light and air the seeds receive. Refrigerating the sprouts also slows down the process of growth, giving you a large window to consume your sprouts. Sprouts shouldn’t be left to dry out. Dry sprouts have fewer nutrients and don’t taste as good as fresh sprouts.

5. Clean Your sprouter

After harvesting, clean the sprouter before starting over again the sprouting process.

Now that you’re done with sprouting mung beans, your next step is finding the best meals that can be prepared using them. Remember, Mung bean sprouts can be eaten raw or cooked. If you like them raw, they taste better if you add them to hot noodle soup.

Growing Mung bean sprouts at home saves money. A 1/3 cup of mung beans can produce about 3 cups of sprouts. Besides being cheaper, growing mung bean sprouts keeps you safe from cancer-causing chemicals that may be used to grow those sprouts sold in stores.