Growing Pinto Bean Sprouts

Growing Pinto Bean Sprouts

Pintos 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 Pintos (and Black 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 Pintos await their Soak.

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

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. You can be done now. They're small but alive.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. If you weren't done last time, stop now....

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. If you weren't done last time, stop now....

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. If you weren't done last time, stop now....

Or go another 12 hours - if you like 'em longer.

Or go another 12 hours - if you like 'em even longer.

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