The Best Beans & Seeds for Sprouting


Bean sprouts provide the body with protein and dietary fiber with no fats. Alfalfa seed sprouts differ in that they provide less protein and fiber, but include vitamins A and C, as well as some iron and calcium. Be sure that when acquiring beans and seeds to sprout, you choose ones that have not been exposed to fungicide.

Mung Bean

  • When choosing mung beans to sprout, be sure their coats are smooth and not cracked and that they are of medium size. Green and brown seeds are common, but other colors are available. Mung beans are considered a part of the legume family and their sprouts are often a food choice at salad bars. They also make great soup bases and can be added to homemade breads.


  • These sprouts are peppery in flavor. They are often used in stews and casseroles, but can also be used to create sandwiches and eaten lightly steamed with butter. The lentil bean is thought to help to fight cancer due to the vitamin C and enzymes that it contains. These particular sprouts are 26% protein and contain vitamin E and other necessary nutrients.

Sunflower Seed

  • The sprouts from the sunflower seed are packed with nutritional benefits, including vitamins B and C, magnesium and calcium. They are good in breads and salads and have a crunchy texture. The taste is mild, making them a good choice for sandwiches as well.

Sesame Seed

  • These will provide the body with needed nutrients including niacin and phosphorous, as well as ascorbic acid which helps with metabolism. Many recipes can be made using this type of sprout, including muffins and pancakes. This member of the seed family may be added to stir fries and boiled dinners as well, and are easily digested by the body.

Radish Seed

  • The radish sprout will provide you with needed carotene and amino acids. It has other important nutrients as well, including vitamins A and K, zinc and potassium. A high ratio of protein, at 35%, is another important nutritional benefit. These sprouts taste like a radish, and can be used in salads and other recipes.

Clover Seed

  • Red clover is sprouted and consumed for its amino acids and iron, among other nutrients. It will produce a sprout with a mild, nutty flavor that may be added to soups, muffins and sandwiches. Red clover can be mixed with other sprouts in recipes.

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