Good enough to eat
Mung beans GROWN as beansprouts, mung beans can be added to winter salads, soups and stir-fries.
They are so easy and quick to grow.
All you need is a jam jar and the seeds, which you soak for an hour in tepid water and then rinse.
Place them in a screw-top jar and cover it with a piece of cotton or muslin secured with an elastic band.
Place the jar in a warm place such as an airing cupboard or on a windowsill kept at a comfortable room temperature, even in winter.
The sprouting seeds should be rinsed two or three times a day at regular intervals by half filling the jar with water, swilling it around to dislodge the seedlings and then tipping it out into a fine sieve. Shake the seedlings before returning them to their jar so they are not sitting in water.
Mung beans take three to five days before they reach around 2.5cm long and can be used.