How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Do you love adding sprouts to your soups, sandwiches, and salads?  This easy food tutorial will show you How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts!

First of all, what are mung bean sprouts?  Sprouts are formed when seeds start to ‘sprout’ into a full vegetable.  Mung bean sprouts are… (wait for this)… sprouts from mung beans!  They’re a delicious, vegetarian source of plant-based protein.  You’ve probably eaten them (or at least seen them) if you’ve eaten Pad Thai or the Vietnamese soup Pho.  If you’ve seen an Asian or Asian-inspired recipe that calls for ‘bean sprouts,’ it probably meant mung bean sprouts.  These tasty veggies are crunchy, delicious, and incredibly easy to grow at home.

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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Bean Sprout Safety

When I was growing up, I loved adding bean sprouts to my sandwiches.  I’d pile them high, and dig in.  I loved the crunchy texture and the delicate flavors.  In the late 90s, however, bean sprouts began disappearing from grocery stores.  Let’s call this, “The Case of the Disappearing Sprouts.”  I searched high and low, near and far– but could NOT find sprouts.  Why not?

Sadly, bean sprouts are not always safe to eat, and major grocers pulled them off their shelves (although you can still find them in some international markets or health food stores).  What’s the problem?  If the seeds aren’t treated correctly, or the sprouts are grown incorrectly, you can end up getting sick and regretting your food choices.  However, since I love the flavor, and a lot of meals seem incomplete without them, I wasn’t ready to give up on bean sprouts.

Can you solve all your bean sprout health woes by growing your own sprouts at home?  No, because the problem can start with how the seed itself has been treated.  That’s why it’s extra important to buy mung beans that are SPECIFICALLY meant for sprouting or eating raw.  These seeds will be inspected more carefully with FDA regulations than seeds meant for planting.*

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Soaking Mung Beans

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

To grow mung bean sprouts, you need mung beans, a glass jar, and either a piece of cheesecloth with a rubber band or a sprouting jar lid.  Your jar needs to be at least 16 ounces in size.  (I use a standard Mason jar.)

Start by sanitizing your glass jar.  I do this by putting it in the oven at 225 degrees for at least 20 minutes.  Leave the jar in the oven until you’re ready to start.  Next, rinse your mung beans.  Set the beans in the jar, and add 2-3 times more water than beans.  Secure the cheesecloth over the top of your jar with a rubber band (or attach the sprouting jar lid), and set your jar in a dark space at room temperature (like in a cabinet).

Soak the seeds overnight (or for about 8-12 hours), and then drain the water.  Rinse the beans, drain all the water out, and store the jar on its side.  Rinse the beans twice a day for about 3 days, and then set the sprouted beans (still in the jar) where they can get some sunlight.  Leave them in the sun for about one day, and then refrigerate the sprouts and use them up within 3-5 days.

Tips for growing Mung Bean Sprouts

  • Once you’ve finished the final rinse, keep your sprouts as dry as possible.  Don’t wash them until right before you’re using them, and do not continue to rinse the sprouts each day.
  • If you live in a very cold or hot climate, and your home isn’t climate controlled, that will affect the growth time of your sprouts.  It may be impossible to grow sprouts in very cold rooms.
  • Some sources recommend adding citric acid to your sprouting water to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.  I haven’t tried this– but it is an option.

Have you tried growing your own sprouts?  Let me know in the comments!

*Want more information about sprouts, sprout safety, and buying beans for sprouting?  Check out the International Sprout Growers Association or Sprout People.

Also Note: I am not a doctor, and nothing here should be taken as medical advice If your doctor says you shouldn’t eat sprouts because you’re at a higher risk for getting sick (i.e.– if you’re pregnant or have a different medical condition that makes it unsafe), talk to them, not me, before chowing down on these raw plants.

 

How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts
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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Makes approximately 2 cups of sprouts

Takes about 4 days to sprout

Course Side Dish
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 TB mung beans (whole beans meant for sprouting- check the packaging label)

Equipment Needed:

  • 1 glass mason jar, at least 16oz
  • cheesecloth + rubber band

Instructions

Sanitize Jar:

  1. Place a clean glass jar in the oven at 225ºF for at 20 minutes.  Leave the jar in the warm oven until you're ready to use it.

Sprout Mung Beans:

  1. Rinse beans.  Put beans in mason jar, and fill with 2-3 times more cool water than beans (2-3 TB).

  2. Cover jar opening with cheesecloth, and secure with a rubber band.  Place jar in a dark, cool space (like a cabinet), and soak beans for 8-12 hours.

  3. Drain beans, rinse, and drain out the water.  Store in dark space again.  Continue to rinse and drain twice a day for about 3 days, until the sprouts have grown out as long as you like them.

  4. Set beans in daylight for one day without rinsing.  

  5. Refrigerate in an airtight container and use within 3-5 days.

24 thoughts on “How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

  1. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    So cool! I’ve never attempted growing mung beans before, but I do love them, especially in Pad Thai! And I bet they would taste extra good knowing that I grew them myself 🙂 Nothing like homegrown! Great post, Sarah!

  2. Meg | Meg is Well says:

    How come I never knew this?! Yikes, I’m one of those at risk people too 😕. That explains a lot though. I’ll sometimes go to the Asian market to get some and there won’t be any and I never knew why. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Yup they’re super hard to find now! And I’m a little nervous about buying them since I don’t know how old they are

  3. Pretty says:

    my mum always grew mung bean in muslin cloth when we were younger and made the best curry. I need to get into the habit to doing it more because the results are amazing and they are so versatile. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to grow mung beans.

  4. Jasmin says:

    Wow this looks so neat! I love the texture of mung beans too, and I especially love adding them to my pho. I tried growing broccoli sprouts before and they turned out all mouldy. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with these!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Try and put them somewhere without a ton of moisture, and make sure to rinse them twice a day, and you should be good!

  5. Meeta says:

    I often sprout many different types of legumes/lentils/ beans – always great to cook with them and for toppings. It’s been a while since I did mung beans – thanks for reminding me!!

  6. Dannii says:

    These are some great tips and I never knew it was so easy to grow them to be honest. Definitely something for me to try.

  7. michele says:

    I knew they were pulling them of the shelf often, but I didn’t know how easy they would be to grow at home! Such great information here …. thanks!

  8. Amanda says:

    I had no idea it’s so easy to grow mung bean sprouts! Thanks for the great tutorial. I used to love them on sandwiches, and then, as you said, they kind of disappeared. Definitely going to try this, I miss that lovely crunch!

  9. Leah says:

    This is so cool, and the salad sounds so delicious! i love bean sprouts too, and cannot wait to grow my own! I cannot wait, thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Donna says:

    I LOVE this!! I stopped eating mung beans years ago because my mother in law was always going on at me about the dangers of eating them. But I love the flavor and always stare longingly at those sandwiches in the deli piled high with them 🙂 I definitely need to try growing my own – it would be a fun project for the kids as well.

  11. J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all says:

    It is so hard to find sprouts sometimes at stores and I love them so much…. so that makes me sad. What makes me happy again is this tutorial! I never thought to grow my own! Thanks so much for your tips on how to do this safely.

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