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Sprouted black beans

2018-04-03


If you soak black beans overnight, empty the water and let them dry for a day or two, they will sprout. I discovered this by accident when I had soaked too many beans and wanted to save the rest for later. Technically known as a radicle, the tiny shoots that emerge from the bean “seed” are embryonic roots that, if left in soil, would eventually sprout into a full-blown bean plant.

Sprouted Black Beans

I made this soup in less than half an hour, including all prep and cleanup:

Put it in the Instant Pot for 8 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes

The beans could have gone another minute, and definitely the lentils were a bit hard.
Next time set the timer for 10 minutes. Because there’s little water, it doesn’t take too long to come up to speed. Sprouted Black Beans

  1. Sprouted beans: soak black beans overnight. Change the water (dump, refill) a few times the next day. Then empty the water and leave the beans to dry for a day or two. The beans will begin to sprout surprisingly quickly.