Sprouting And Growing Mung Beans In Your Garden

Sprouted Mung Beans

This is the time of year one starts thinking about planning their garden for the coming season and maybe trying something a little different this year.

I have been enjoying mung beans in the sprouted form for many years now. I came to find out about the mung bean and its benefits many years ago after receiving chemotherapy. I became anemic and had to search out sources to bring my iron levels up in order to increase my RBC (Red Blood Cell Count).

Mung beans are a very valuable legume. They are sources of not only iron but, many vitamins, minerals and a bonus for me, high in protein.For those that are doing plant-based diets, mung beans are one of the best sources for plant protein.

Warning: As with most beans they contain some phytic acid (which reduces absorption of calcium, zinc and magnesium) and should be soaked for a few hours to leach this out before cooking. The good thing about sprouts is that it reduces this phytic acid through the sprouting process.

Where to Find Mung Beans

My first source for Mung beans was a health food store. I later realized I could buy "bulk" from an Asian market. I only buy organic. For me I feel "safer" if I can grow most of what I consume, I know what goes into it and how it is handled and processed. So, me being me, I thought "why not try growing my own?" I live in Western North Carolina and we do very well with beans and legumes so why wouldn't this be do-able? It proved to be very "do-able"!

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