Growing Black Turtle Bean Sprouts

Growing Black Turtle Bean Sprouts

Black Turtle Beans are rarely prolific sprouters. They are intended as soup beans by farmers and seed brokers, and though we look for the best sprouters, always testing several lots every crop year, we are willing to accept as low a germination rate as 50% when it comes to Black Beans (and Pinto Beans). As long as they have no hard seed they will cook just fine.

So, do not grow beyond the point where the beans that are sprouted have 1/4 - 1/2 inch tails - those that are not sprouted will either never sprout or will take too long. If you keep growing you will over-grow the sprouted beans which will be an unpleasant experience. Trust us, we know.

Dry Beans await their Soak.

12 hours later... Soaked, Rinsed and Drained.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. You can be done now.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. Or, you can be done now.

Or go another 12 hours - if you desire.

Family: Leguminosae
Genus: Phaseolus
Species: vulgaris
Cultivar: Unnamed