Leguminosae Phaseolus aureus Roxb.
Source: Magness et al. 1971
Mung beans for food are used mainly as the sprouts. The dry beans are soaked overnight, then placed in containers in a warm, dark room and kept thoroughly sprinkled. Sprouts are harvested after about a week, then in the U.S. they are mostly canned. They are extensively used in Oriental dishes. Mung beans are grown much as other dry beans. Plants are 12 to 24 inches tall with pods borne near the top. Pods are about 3 inches long. Mung beans are also grown for hay in the southwestern states of the U.S.
Production in U.S.: 4,000 to 6,000 tons. Total consumed in U. S.about 12,000 tons, mostly from the Orient.
Use: Sprout production, sprouts used mainly cooked, but some raw in salads.
Part of plant consumed: Seeds only as food, mainly sprouted. Whole plant
Last update February 18, 1999 by ch