I have been sprouting my beans for three days now I am not sure if it is ready to harvest and is the color normal and what is the best way to store it? I've attached photos. Thank youenter image description here

  • You should tell us exactly what you're sprouting. I can think of several beans all of different colours.
    – Chris H
    Jun 29, 2016 at 7:31
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this question seems to be about growing food, not cooking it.
    – Catija
    Jun 30, 2016 at 6:11
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    Catija, while the question isn't about cooking them, I still think it's related. As for growing food, most people think of growing plants and in a garden, nit the kitchen. For that matter, when we make yogurt, it's basically growing a bacterial culture.
    – Jude
    Apr 2, 2017 at 3:48

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I can't see anything wrong with your sprouts as far as colour. If you're referring to the blush of the beans, yours are a bit pinker than most I've seen but still normal. I've spen them ranging from an almost white tan to blush. Since I don't know whether you kept yours in utter darkness, so I can't say whether it's related to light levels. It's also possible that a number of different mung bean cultivars are used for sprouting (since the majority of food we eat has countless cultivars). If so, possibly different cultivars might show different variations in colour.

I'm surprised that your sprouts are only 3 days old though. They already have developed leaves and that doesn't usually happen that quickly. Perhaps a little warmer than usual? That might even account for colour variations too.

There's no harm eating them with developing leaves but they taste milder when the leaves just start peeking out for the two halves. I gave up sprouting mung beans as I never could figure a good way to get rid of most if the loose skins.

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