Harvest Monday, February 23, 2015 – Sprouting Adzuki Beans

Was not going to publish a post today as I was annoyed at myself for spilling my 2nd batch of successfully sprouted adzuki bean before I took photos. No sprouts no new recipe.

After I calmed down, realized there is a lesson to be learned here. Decided to work with the photos I had and reblog photos and recipes from previous posts.

As I had suspected, reason for the failure in the first batch was because the beans were too “old”. Most were not viable and would not germinate (still good for soup and other bean dishes but not for sprouting).

The newly purchased adzuki beans sprouted without any issues.

Note the differences between the 2 photos below:

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Adzuki beans after overnight soaking.

The adzuki beans in the above photo were the beans I had in the pantry for a while, may be 2 years or more, after overnight soaking I did notice that more than half of the beans did not plump up but did not think anything of it.

The beans that plumped up sprouted but the un-plumped (is there such a word?) beans did not.

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Adzuki beans after overnight soaking.

The adzuki beans in the above photo were the newly purchased beans. Notice how all the beans are plumped and ready to germinate. Yes, all the beans sprouted.

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The 3 photos below (previously published on 1/22/13, click on link for the complete post) show the different stages of the sprouts.

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This is what the sprouts look like after 24 hours. The tiny roots are just appearing.

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This is what the sprouts look like after 48 hours (on the second day) The roots are about ¼ inch long. This is the stage I prefer.

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This is what the sprouts look like after 72 hours (on the third day) The roots are about ½ inches long

NOTE: Sprouts will sprout quicker if you live in warmer climate or is sprouting during warmer weather. If it is hot and humid, you may need to rinse your sprouts 3 times a day instead of 2. Since I sprout during the winter, I rinse twice daily, in the morning and in the evening.

Lesson learned:
When soaking beans for sprouting, if many of the beans did not plump up after the required soaking period, forget about sprouting, make soup or other bean dishes with the soaked beans instead.

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Below are photos of 2 dishes I created using adzuki beans sprouts.

Adzuki Bean Sprouts & Winter Root Vegetables Stew

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Adzuki Bean Sprouts & Winter Root Vegetables Stew

Click here for recipe

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Adzuki Bean Sprouts Salad with Sesame Dressing

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Adzuki Bean Sprouts Salad with Sesame Dressing

Click here for recipe

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I do need to get into my shed to retrieve my seed starting supplies. Hoping there would not be any more significant snow fall decided, on Wednesday, to clear away the snow from the front of my shed door. Guess what? Woke up to more than 3 inches of additional snow fall yesterday (Sunday) morning, I was not a happy trooper.

shed door (07237)Even though I cleared away the snow I could not open the shed door. The ramp had shifted a bit preventing the door from opening, a big disappointment. Will have to wait until the ground thaw to reposition the ramp. Hoping for warm weather.

Still without my seed starting supplies so off to the garden center to buy what I needed.  Found cell packs and trays but no pro-mix. I need my pro-mix! Hope the supply arrives at the garden center soon.

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The deep snow did not keep the deer away, in the photo below are some foot prints they left in the snow between my back door and the shed.

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Deer foot prints in the snow

First day of spring is only 25 days away!

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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34 Responses to Harvest Monday, February 23, 2015 – Sprouting Adzuki Beans

  1. Michelle says:

    Your sprouted adzuki bean dishes look delicious, very inspiring! Hope you thaw out soon, how frustrating to do all that digging and not be able to get into your shed.

  2. I can commiserate with you on getting garden supplies. I dug out the entrance to the greenhouse last week, and when I went to get some of the seed starting mix it was frozen solid – inside the greenhouse! I had to bring it inside the house to thaw before I could use it. I am ready for spring too!

    I really need to experiment more with sprouted beans. The Adzuki bean would be a good candidate for one of my spotlights, and I like your ideas for using them after sprouting. Do you use them in recipes without being sprouted first?

  3. we used to made salad with peanut dressing with it, damn delicious!!!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    That sprouted red bean salad looks fantastic.

  5. Wow! It sure doesn’t take long to sprout the sprouts! You really have to bundle up with a shovel in hand to get to your supplies!

  6. mac says:

    Hope the snow thaw out soon, the vegetable stew looks good and delicious.

  7. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Ah nature is a funny thing – blocking access to your shed, then providing deer footprints as a consolation prize!
    Hope you can get to your tools soon; I can’t imagine the frustration! Your bean sprout salad looks colorful and fantastic.

  8. Margaret says:

    Good lesson on bean sprouting, Norma. And spring is only 25 days away…really? I think we better tell Mother Nature that… 😉

  9. daphnegould says:

    I totally feel your pain with the snow. Now with seed starting supplies because I keep them in a second bedroom, but oh the snow has been a pain. We had some snow come off the solar panels in a big way and it warped my fence. We had to shovel it out to get it put back together right. And with the warm weather we had on Sunday (which lasted all of one day) now everything is frozen solid. Before at least it was snow on the sidewalks. Now they are skating rinks.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Daphne,
      I think Sunday’s warm weather did harm instead of good because of the overnight low temperature froze the melting snow before it had a chance to flow off, expecting -11 tonight.

  10. I still haven’t intentionally tried sprouting beans. I’ve had some old ones that didn’t plump, and while I did make soup with them, some of them didn’t get tender, either. Now I try to pick out the “dead” ones after soaking if my beans are fresher. Your salad looks like a very delicious and texturally appealing combo with the beans, orange and sesame flavor!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Betsy,
      I plan to sprout another batch of adzuki beans and may try to sprout other beans as well. I understand the nutritional value of sprouts is huge, but since I do not know enough decide not to mention it in my post.

  11. Pictures of snowy gardens always fascinate me. I have only ever seen real snow once in my life 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kailyard,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. The snow scenes are beautiful and tranquil, unfortunately we are having too much of this beauty.

  12. Eva Taylor says:

    I didn’t know that old beans don’t sprout, I had it happen more than once. At any rate I did make soup from them so nothing was lost. That root veggie stew looks great, celery root is one of my favourite veggies (although the one’s we’ve had available have not been great this year). We are expecting another 5cm (~2 inches) of snow tonight, I know it’s not much but it’s enough if you already have a few feet of snow. We have officially run out of space to put the snow. And it’s been brutally cold, polar vortex temperatures. 25 days seems like an eternity.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      I should have know better but was not thinking when I tried to sprout the first batch. Old beans like old seeds germination rate is poor. Any additional snow on top of what has accumulated is not good I am hoping we do not get anymore, brutally cold where I am too.

  13. I just can’t wait for the first day of spring :). And I so love how your beans came out looking. You are, to me, a genius at gardening.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kay,
      First day of spring will be here before we know it. I am still learning a great deal about gardening from others, that’s what make gardening so much fun, always learning.

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    You still have so much snow. I’m sorry to hear of your sprouting woes but I’m glad you went ahead with your post because we can all learn from other peoples failures/upsets. I learned a lot about adzuki beans today xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      Thanks, glad you learned from my post. The snow bank by my driveway is even higher now and with the brutally cold temperatures will be a while before it all melt away.

  15. shenANNAgans says:

    Holy WOW! I cant believe you have to deal with that level of snow. I dont think I have ever seen snow like that for real. Glad you posted about adzuki beans, havent had a lot to do with them either, so it’s interesting to see what you do with them. Also impressive anything can grow in the kinda cold. Stay warm Norma. Not long to go before Spring is there. 🙂

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen frozen ground. Those sprouted adzuki beans in the salad look SO good. I wanted to reach in with my fork.

  17. Juliana says:

    Yes, I learned that too…sometimes I wait and wait until the beans show some sign of life and nothing…it is so frustrated…now I just try to sprout during warm weather…
    Enjoy the rest of your week Norma 🙂

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