Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mung Beans!


Quart of mung beans, anyone?

A few weeks ago I got some delicious mung bean sprouts from Lotte Plaza in Ellicott City. And, in the spirit of DIY, decided then to sprout my own.

Now that I'm trying to eat a little more seasonally, I'm realizing that March is a pretty terrible time for fresh vegetables. All of the winter stores of cabbage, carrots, and the like are starting to run out, canned veggies are getting old, but nothing fresh has come out of the ground yet. Hence, some fresh sprouts!

And now I have a quart of them. I thought I could share with friends, but my sprouts don't taste quite as good as the store-bought kind for some reason...

As you can see, I have a ton of green hulls from the outside of the bean, which I tried to skim out and add to my compost heap. I'm not sure if it's because of the hulls mixed in or not, but my sprouts are definitely not as sweet as the store-bought kind.

Also, I think I let the beans sprout a day too long- there are long strings of roots at the end, which add a terrible texture.

Ah well, the experiment was fun. For now I'm just going to saute the sprouts with soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic, and make the best of it. But I'll probably have to take a break from sprouts for a while after this!

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*P.S. Thanks to anyone who managed to slog through my crazy long post yesterday! Just had to pour all my thoughts out there...

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