I have had delicious success with Alfalfa seeds. So I thought it was time to branch out and give another variety of sprouts a try. Enter organic Mung beans. So I purchased some and gave it my best. How did it go??
My Mung beans grew like weeds! Even when I failed to water them as frequently as I should have, they still turned out amazing--crisp and juicy! With their mild flavor, I can see why they would make an ideal snack, a lively addition to salads, or a perfect choice in any Asian dish. Plus, these sprouts were giants compared to the Alfalfa shoots! But of course, the Mung beans were much larger than the Alfalfa seeds to begin with, so it makes sense. Most importantly they were refreshing and healthy! You can order exactly what I purchased at this Handy Pantry Distributors link, as well as read a brief summary of Mung bean nutrition. It's rather impressive actually!
I did miss my "day five" photograph. Boo. So if you notice a huge difference between my sprout's growth in a couple of the pics, you'll know why.
I really do hope you give sprouting a try! If you want lots of how-to details, check out my "I Can Sprout!" blog post, where I chronicle my experience with Alfalfa seeds. Simply treat the Mung beans with the same kind of care. The only difference I noticed was that the Mung growing cycle seems to be about 48 hours less than the Alfalfa; I'm not certain to what length these sprouts are supposed to get, but I think I gave my batch a day too many. Also, be sure not to over fill your jar with beans initially--they need room to grow! One to two tablespoons will do the trick.