Bung in the mung (beans)!

November 15, 2019 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I love the name ‘mung’ beans – and I love the look of them, little hard green things that you want to pick up and run through your fingers. Your body loves them too – they’re a great source of complex protein, while low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. In terms of minerals and vitamins, these are the beans to look to for iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese, as well as vitamins C, K and B6.

What will you do with your mung beans?

Mung beans in bulk

We sell organic mung beans by the sackful at Naturally Good Food (quite literally, in 25kg sacks, as well as smaller, mid-bulk 5kg packs, and in 500g packets). They’re popular with vegans looking for good sources of protein, as well as with those who make a lot of Asian food. Mung beans are cultivated mainly in Asia, as well as parts of southern Europe and the southern US states, and it’s in Asian cookery that you’re most likely to come across them.

They work extremely well in curries and dal and in soups with Asian flavourings – and, when sprouted, are a staple of stir-fries. Outside of Asian cuisine, you can, of course, use them just as you would any other pulse, in salads and casseroles, or blended into hummus.

Mung beans – for pudding?

The thing that really interests me about mung beans is their slight sweetness, which lends itself very well to desserts. In Hong Kong, frozen mung bean paste is a popular ingredient in ice-cream and ice-pops, while in other Asian countries, mung beans are served in the form of a sweet drink.

A sweet Thai mung bean dessert

The most basic sweet use of them is to boil them up as usual – you can soak them overnight if you like; it’s not essential, but will speed up the cooking time – and then add sugar or syrup to the water to taste. Or use them instead of rice in a ‘rice pudding’, using coconut milk and palm sugar to give an authentic flavour.

Why not try this recipe for a sweet mung bean pudding?

Sprout your mung!

If you’re interested in sprouting seeds, then mung beans make a very good place to start. Our 500g pack from Aconbury comes with growing instructions and estimates that 100g of beans will produce 250g of fresh sprouts in 4-5 days. Perfect for salads, sandwiches and detoxes!

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This post was written by Yzanne

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