Healthy food can give off unique flavors and scents, which isn’t always a bad thing as that’s often what draws us too (or away) from them.
Mung beans are a case in point and certainly distinct in this sense, but they come with an upside despite your nose maybe telling you otherwise.
This greenish bean from Asia is often used as a addition to make both savory and sweet dishes, so it is highly flexible.
Read on and we will discuss more about why mung beans end up smelling bad and what you can do to keep your chosen vegetables fresh.
How Do You Keep Mung Beans Fresh?
Mung beans are easy to keep fresh, and freshness is essential to keep your mung beans the healthiest possible part of your diet.
When sprouting, mung beans are kept fresh by being rinsed at least one time per day with fresh water.
A mesh jar cover is an excellent option for many tiny holes will allow consistent airflow while also allowing water in.
Storing mung beans in an open jar is also an option for airflow. Another option is storing in a plastic bag with newspaper or paper towel that absorbs moisture.
Storing a larger amount of mung beans and keeping them fresh involves layering them with paper towels without crowding them too much to ensure consistent, proper airflow.
A lack of airflow within any container of mung beans will lead to stale water faster, and bad beans.
The idea is to keep mung beans dry while allowing them to absorb the moisture they need to continue sprouting, as sprouted beans provide some benefits we will discuss later.
How Can You Tell if Mung Beans Are Bad?
Mung beans can go bad, and given the question about the smell, you’ll know when.
The roots on the mung bean can start to darken and they can begin to acquire a slimey texture on their surface.
A musty odor can gradually develop and ultimately lead to some pretty foul smelling vegetables.
The musty odor can gradually bring about a sulphur or rotting smell that bad mung beans are known for, and the kind of smell your household and kitchen want to avoid.
Many vegetables give similar odors when they are decaying and becoming bad to eat.
If you need a clothespin over your nose, your mung beans are too moist.
Mold is a clear sign too, as fuzzies forming on any kind of bean is a sign that they are becoming too moist.
Finally, the actual taste and texture of eating a mung bean should be snappy, like fresh veggies.
If they are chewy or soggy, they aren’t as good as they once were.
Is It Safe to Eat Sprouted Mung Beans?
Mung beans are not just safe to eat, they are pretty good for your body.
Mung beans have essential amino acids your body cannot produce on its own, including phenylalanine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, lysine, and arginine.
Sprouted beans are actually more healthy than unsprouted, as the sprouting process fights off antinutrients within the bean.
They also potentially reduce blood pressure as a good source of potassium, magnesium, and fiber, all of which are readily linked to lower blood pressure.
High pressure is a problem for nearly a third of Americans, so the connection has positive implications.
Mung beans actually have many health benefits, according to Healthline, and have one of the best sources of plant based proteins out there.
There are some precautions to take when eating mung beans, and they are listed below.
Are Mung Beans Poisonous?
Washing your mung beans and sprouts while they are sprouting, washing them again before cooking, and cooking them thoroughly with other food that needs to be heated is essential to keeping bad bacteria out of your body.
What the FDA Says
Per the Food and Drug Administration, eating raw mung bean sprouts is not advised for people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly, children or pregnant women.
Even commercially available mung beans carry the risk of e.coli, including a German farm that accidentally contaminated their mung beans with rare strain of e.coli that resulted in thousands sickened and some even died.
E.Coli Symptoms to be aware of
In case you were wondering, we want to list some e.coli symptoms. E.coli is mentioned many vegetable recalls and can be serious.
- Stomach cramps
- Diarheaa, either watery or bloody
- Loss of appetite
- Low grade fever
These symptoms appear within 3 to 5 days after eating an infected vegetable and symptoms can last a week.
Also note that the smell of a bad mung bean isn’t necessary connected to problems like e.coli.
E.coli is fixed through cooking and isn’t necessarily connected to leaving them out too long.
What do mung beans taste like?
Many people want to know what mung beans taste like because they want to ensure they are eating delicious food, and given some of the rumors about mung bean smells, they want to avoid making a dish that stink and smells like sulphur.
What Kind of Dishes Can You Make with Mung Beans?
- People often ask what kinds of foods mung beans make?
- Are they good on their own?
- Can you make a bunch of mung beans into something else tasty?
Mung beans work in most every dish, but are most commonly served in stews, soups, and curries. Mung beans are as flexible as they are healthy.
Their slight sweetness also makes them a handy paste in some Asian desserts including pies, as they offer an excellent filling.
Most all mung bean dishes are high in fiber and protein while offering few calories while remaining filling.
Where are Mung Beans From?
Like many vegetables and fruits in the produce section, people are often curious about where their plants are grown.
Mung beans originate from warmer climates like India, Africa, South America, and Australia with some US states like Oklahoma thrown in with their arid climate.
Where Can I Buy Mung Beans?
Most grocery stores carry mung beans and their sprouts.
When purchasing from a grocery store, it’s important to get the freshest beans possibly by looking at the expiration date.
Since these are not packaged or sealed, getting them refrigerated as soon as possible is important.
Grow Mung Beans
You can also grow mung beans in your backyard and get really fresh results, especially if you live in a relatively warm climate with fertile soil.
They can also be grown inside under the right conditions.
They are also known for secreting a nasty smell when not taken care of properly, so this guide is designed to help you better care for the mung beans that will taste great in your next soup, stew, or other dish.
Keeping proper care of your beans by keeping them moist and with fresh water will help keep strange smells out of your house, and provide a snappy, crispy bean that’s really good for you.