Mung Beans hail from India, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. They're small 1/4 inch, round, olive green, brown, or black on the outside with a mustard-coloured inside. Husked and split Mung Beans are known as Yellow Mung or Moong Dal, in Indian cuisine. In North America, they're most famous for the bean sprouts they produce. Mung Bean Facts and Nutrition Mung Beans have a sweet taste, soft texture, and are easy to digest. Their sprouts are a source of vitamin C, though vitamin C is not found in the dry bean. Mung Beans are the most common beans grown in Asia, Europe, and America. Very nutrient dense, They're an excellent source of dietary fiber, plant protein, complex carbohydrates and iron, and are packed with vitamins and minerals. They're also low in calories, fat and sodium, and are cholesterol free. Tasty Tips and Storage Enjoy mung beans cooked with vegetables, grains and greens in soups. They're convenient, requiring no soaking before cooking, and cook quickly. Mung beans are an integral ingredient of Kichari, an Ayurvedic healing dish cooked with basmati rice and spices. In Asia mung, beans are also pureed into spreads for rice or bread, or stuffed into pastries to make sweets. Mung beans are easily digested. Mung Bean Flour is used to make Bean Threads or Cellophane Noodles. Sprouting mung beans provide a healthy source of raw bean sprouts for salads and sandwiches. To cook, rinse mung beans in water and set aside. Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil for each cup of beans. Add the mung beans to the boiling water, along with spices and seasonings. Simmer at a low-temperature setting in a covered saucepan until tender. Cooking times average about 45 minutes for whole mung beans, and 30 minutes for split or peeled beans. Like most stored foods, beans are best stored in the absence of oxygen and light, which can speed rancidity and fade bean colour. Store in a cool dark pantry in our resealable bags or an airtight container. Refrigerated/frozen storage isn't recommended for dried beans, which will last for a year or more correctly stored in the pantry.