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How To Sprout Black Beans

Black beans are well-known in southwestern and Cuban cuisine. They make delicious soups, side-dishes, salads, and chili.

Black beans do not sprout as reliably as some other beans. Because of their lower germination rate, black bean sprouts can be considered done even if only 50% of them have sprouted. Like other beans, ¼ inch of sprout is enough to get all the benefit.


Before you get started sprouting black beans, keep in mind these sprouting tips:

  • Large beans sprout better in cooler temperatures. Keep sprouting beans around 68-70°F, if possible.
  • Large beans require a longer soaking period and more frequent rinsing and draining, especially in warmer temperatures.
  • Large beans may not get enough air during draining. Make sure your sprouting container allows plenty of ventilation during draining periods.
  • It is normal for the skins to loosen and come off the beans. Either pick the skins out or leave them in, they do not affect the flavor.
  • Sprouted black beans require cooking before consuming.

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  1. Rinse ½-¾ cup black beans, remove any stones or other debris, and place in a quart-size sprouting jar or other sprouting container.
  2. Add 2-3 cups water, filling the jar three-quarters full, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lidSoak black beans at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain and rinse black beans thoroughly. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the beans will drain and still allow air to circulate.
  4. Repeat rinsing and draining 3-4 times per day until sprout tails appear. Taste sprouts (not beans) daily; discontinue rinsing and draining when sprouts have reached desired length and flavor.
  5. Drain for several hours before cooking or transferring to a covered container.

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Store sprouts in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Black beans and other large seeds also sprout well in a bag. Learn more in our article How to Sprout Seeds in a Sack.