If you want to learn how to grow bean sprouts then either mung beans or lentils are a good choice for your first go at sprouting. These are two of the
easiest and tastiest beans to sprout. I enjoy eating them raw, but if
this is hard on your digestion or your worried about bacteria then they are also very tasty steamed. For the latest health advice on eating raw sprouts visit www.nhs.uk.
My favourite is the mung bean sprout. Not the lovely long straight
sprouts that are often used in Chinese cooking, but small juicy ones
that are quick and easy to grow at home.
The latest health advice is to only use seed that is sold specifially for sprouting. Sprouting mung beans at home is very popular so you should be able to find them in your local health food shop. If you can't source them locally you can buy organic mung beans for sprouting online at sproutman.com.
All types of whole lentils sprout easily, and are tasty when young and fresh with a more earthy taste than crisp sweet mung bean sprouts. Eat them when the sprout is roughly the same length as the bean. You can eat them when they're longer, but they're not as tasty.
2. Pour them into your bowl or jar, and cover with twice the amount of water.
3. Place in a warm dark airy cupboard overnight or for 8-12 hours.
4. After 12 hours - usually the following morning, drain and rinse the beans. They will have soaked up a lot of the water and be looking plump. Give them a good rinse, until the water runs clean. Either use a sieve or a clean hand to stop them escaping down the drain.
5. Place the well drained beans back in the dark cupboard to sprout.
6. Rinse twice a day, morning and night, until the bean sprout is the same size as the bean. Be sure to drain them well after rinsing as they will rot if left sitting in water. They are usually ready after two to five days, and can take even less in hot weather.
7. When my mung bean sprouts are ready I like to remove most of the green husks by adding the beans into a large bowl of water. Stir them gently to encourge the husks to come off and then let the juicy white sprouts settle to the bottom of the bowl. Skim the empty husks of the top. Don't worry if a few husks remain.
Bean sprouts are great for snacks and salads, and make a tasty addition to nearly every meal.
Sprouts store well in a sealed container in the fridge. They should stay fresh for 3 to 5 days, and will continue growing slowly .