Get Fresh & Fruity Beansprouts 227G

Get Fresh & Fruity Beansprouts 227G

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Widely seen as a major, somehow magic, ingredient, beansprouts have little more nutrition than other fresh vegetables. But they do have novelty of flavour and a usefully different texture. They are overused by takeaway restaurants to bulk up servings of what are otherwise very meagre or mean proportions.

The two most common beansprouts are the green-capped mung bean and the bigger, yellow-capped soy bean. They can be eaten raw but this is best avoided unless the source can be identified as safe, because beansprouts are associated with many food poisoning outbreaks. It’s best always to rinse and then cook sprouts lightly, either by stir-frying or microwaving.


Widely available and with care can be grown at home.

Choose the best

Sprouts should smell fresh and green and be firm to the touch. Avoid any with browning, that are floppy or that smell acidic or otherwise suspicious.

Store it

Keep sealed and chilled. Best eaten very soon after purchase.

Cook it

Beansprouts can be added to the last stages of any stir-fried dish, but to ensure even cooking, are best first lightly cooked separately, ideally in a microwave.

It’s also best to pre-cook beansprouts if planned as an addition to a cold dish or salad.

Beansprouts recipes


The young, tender sprouts of germinated beans, beansprouts are nutritious, white and crunchy. Mung beansprouts, also known as Chinese beansprouts, are the most common variety and have a delicate flavour. They are short and stubby with a little green˜head€ž; soya beansprouts are longer and fatter with a yellow tip. Alfalfa, aduki, chickpea and lentil sprouts can be used in the same way as mung and soya.

Buyer's guide

Buy crisp, pale sprouts that look firm and fresh. Avoid any that look limp, brown or slimy. Beansprouts are also available canned. Rinse them well before use.


Beansprouts have a high water content, so they only keep for a very short time in the refrigerator before they start to turn limp and mushy. They are best used within a day of purchase. Unsuitable for freezing.


Steam or stir-fry beansprouts, or add them to mixed salads and sandwiches. Pinch off the wispy brown˜tail€ž if desired. Be careful not to over-cook them, however, as they quickly become soggy.

Beansprouts Article by Clarissa Hyman

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