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How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

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Learn how to grow mung bean spouts!

Learn how to grow mung bean spouts!

Mung Bean Sprouts

Mung bean sprouts are a popular ingredient found mostly in the Asian region. These sprouts can be easily cultivated at home. Follow the step-by-step procedure below to grow your very own mung bean sprouts at home.

What You Will Need


  • 1/2 cup mung beans
  • water


  • measuring cups
  • bowl
  • container
  • strainer
  • black bag or garbage bag
  • 2 towels
  • baking sheet (optional)
  • plastic bags
  • weighing scale (optional)

Day 1

  1. Rinse 1/2 cup of mung beans at least three times to remove all the impurities.
  2. Soak the mung beans in a bowl of water overnight or up to 24 hours.
  3. Cover the bowl with a plate. Keep the bowl of beans in a dark area at room temperature.

Day 2

  1. Transfer mung bean sprouts to a container or any storage with a strainer. I used my pasta strainer.
  2. Rinse them at least twice to discard the bean skins and other impurities.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Cover the container or strainer.
  5. Keep the container inside a garbage bag or black bag to prevent any exposure to light.

Day 3

  1. Rinse mung bean sprouts two to four times daily to retain moisture. The hotter the environment, the more often you need to water the sprouts.
  2. While rinsing the sprouts, make sure to remove any unsprouted beans you find. This reduces the possibility of bean decay.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Keep the container inside a garbage bag, and keep it in a dark area.
How to grow bean plants.

How to grow bean plants.

Day 4

  1. At this point, you may opt to harvest your sprouted mung beans.
  2. Otherwise, repeat steps from day three if you want to grow them a little bit more.
How to grow thick mung bean sprouts.

How to grow thick mung bean sprouts.

Day 5

  1. You will notice that your mung beans will start to grow roots. If preferred, continue growing the mung bean sprouts to achieve the desired length.
  2. Just follow the same procedure as during day three.
How to grow bean sprouts without roots.

How to grow bean sprouts without roots.

Day 6

  1. You may continue growing the mung bean sprouts for another day to achieve much longer sprouts.
  2. Just follow the same procedure as during day three.
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Mung bean sprouts growing.

Mung bean sprouts growing.

Day 7

  1. Time to harvest your mung beans. On this day, you will likely notice that the mung bean sprouts already look like noodles. The longer you grow the sprouts, the thinner they will be.
  2. Rinse your sprouts properly to remove any impurities, including bean skins.
Mung bean sprouts.

Mung bean sprouts.

How to Keep Mung Bean Sprouts

  1. After washing the sprouts, make sure to drain the water properly.
  2. Place a towel on a baking sheet or any flat surface.
  3. Place a portion of mung bean sprouts on towel.
  4. Cover the sprouts with another layer of towel.
  5. Press on your sprouts gently. Allow the towels to absorb excess water from the mung bean sprouts.
  6. Repeat steps three and four until all sprouts are dried.
  7. Pack the sprouts in a plastic bag. Use a weighing scale if you want to keep equal portions of sprouts. Approximately 1/2 cup mung beans can produce approximately 800 grams of mung bean sprouts.
  8. Store packed sprouts inside the refrigerator for a maximum of seven days.

How to Clean Mung Bean Sprouts

Make sure to clean mung bean sprouts before cooking them. To clean them, just snap the roots and the remaining portion of the original beans attached to the stem. Wash once and then you are ready to cook them.

Note: I prefer snapping the roots off the sprouts before cooking rather than before keeping them inside the refrigerator. This better maintains their freshness.

How to eat mung bean sprouts.

How to eat mung bean sprouts.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on November 01, 2018:

Hello Liz,

That is cool! There are actually diffetent ways of growing your own mung beans. I did mine because in a pasta strainer because i don't want yo stress myself finding another stuffs. Lol

Liz Westwood from UK on November 01, 2018:

My uncle taught me how to grow these in oir airing cupboard.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 31, 2018:

Hi Peggy,

I totally agree with you. I find it hard to find freshly sprouted bean so I decided to grow my own already. Anyway, I already know how since I was a kid because sprouting mung bean has bean part of our science experiement. Such a cool thing to remember!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2018:

I have grown bean sprouts using a large mason jar with a screw-on strainer lid at the top. Have not done it in some time but after reading this I think I will do it again. It is more economical to sprout them yourself rather than purchase them in grocery stores. I have sprouted several different types.

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