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This is my first attempt making sprouts in over 30 years.
I used Maangchi's great Korean DIY method:
And it worked a treat!
Maybe some tweaking is warranted (eg: more water volume in the washes such that I need a hose on my tap) but I'm full of beans now. One and a half cups of mung beans has given me already this amount of sprouts. That's maybe 4 litres in just over 4 days.
I'm not interested in sprouting per se -- but I do like the mung bean juniors.
A very versatile foodstuff.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on Wednesday

Nutsaboutlife is a great link.  Thanks Dave. 

Comment by Dave Riley on Wednesday

I bought my beans online  for $5.95/kgm. (LINK) They're local.

The Aus Mung Bean Association (LINK) offers a lot of info about locally grown mung beans. Good stuff on hygiene and growing seasons.

Since I harvest my own Pigeon Peas by hand, I'm not too keen to do the same with another legume -- Although fresh (my preference) PP pods are hard to split.  It would be different if I wanted to cover crop with  mung beans.

But you got me thinking, Jeff: and I'm going to try to grow black beans--in the soil-- again. These I do much like. (LINK)

Dried black beans are hard to obtain & expensive --although the tinned ones are cheap and tasty. But to nail the correct prep for the classic dish of black beans and rice, 'Moors and Christians' (Moros y Cristianos) , you really need the dried legumes.

"For seven centuries, Moors and Christians fought one another in Spain, but in the guise of black beans and rice they surrendered to each other's charms within the all-embracing New World pot. Like the hybrid culture that flourished in medieval Spain, the rice dish known as moros y cristianos is an exemplar of exchange between civilizations. It is feast food in Cuba, where you'll find it in the western provinces. Considering that there is a Veracruzan version of this dish and that Cuba always imported black beans from Mexico, we are left in doubt as to which version came first. Regardless of its place of birth, it is one of the most felicitous rice and bean combinations I have ever tasted. The flavors of all the other ingredients are absorbed seamlessly by the rice, the vinegar providing point and counterpoint to the mealy beans, the aroma of cumin and oregano a subtle backdrop for the meaty smoked bacon, which in turn joins forces with the olive oil to add aroma and sheen to the rice. And then the color, a dark brown or hybrid of white and black'. -- LINK.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on Tuesday

That is what i am suggesting  plant some of the mung beans to produce seeds then sprout the seed that where grown  what did you pay for the mung beans they seem to be expensive and worth growing .The eden seed web site have mung beans as a deep rooted annual .

Comment by Dave Riley on Tuesday

I'm not interest in mung beans so much as their sprouts, Jeff.My preferred garden legumes are Pigeon Peas and pole beans of various types. But I do have some Madagascar and Hyacinth (Lablab) Beans growing.

Comment by Dave Riley on Tuesday

Korean-style Bean Sprout Soup with Kelp.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on Monday

Have you looked at planting the mung beans  quick growing 70 to 80 days from planting  summer crop  hand picked in other countries.

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