Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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.

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