Mung beans have a high protein content, and hence are quite popular among vegetarians. Along with protein, they are also rich in fibre, which aids in digestion and absorption of food. They play a vital role in cholesterol metabolism, and thus control blood cholesterol levels. As compared to whole mung beans, the carbohydrate content in mung bean sprouts is much less (4-6 g). Hence they are always included in low-carb diets. This, coupled with a low sugar content, makes it a good choice for people with diabetes.
Mung bean sprouts are germinated by leaving them in water for four hours of daytime light and spending the rest of the day in the dark. Mung bean sprouts can be grown under artificial light for four hours over the period of a week. They are usually simply called “bean sprouts”. However, when bean sprouts are called for in recipes, it generally refers to mung bean or soybean sprouts.
Mung Bean sprouts are regularly available from the Cygnet Market.
Organic Mung Beans (either in one kg or five kg bags) can be obtained from the Cygnet Market or at the Garden Shed and Pantry.