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Old 04-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Splitting...sprouting red beans

I just put some red beans to soak and most of the are splitting open, like they are about to sprout. I've haven't seen this with other bean I soaked. Is this a bad sign. I got them from an "open bin" at whole foods, could they be too old, or???

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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I would cook 'em up and see what happens. I think they should be OK, I don't think they would be unsafe to eat. Usually old beans just sit there and don't do anything, including splitting their skins. They just stay hard and intact. Yours might be more "young" beans. Whole Foods is pretty good about rotating their stock, AFAIK.

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Old 04-16-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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I agree, you likely have young beans, not old. According to the google search I just did, it seems to be pretty common with red beans. I'd cook them up and try them. Even if they are getting ready to sprout, cooked sprouted beans are safe, just not most raw ones.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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Even old beans can sprout easily.

After my Mom died, I found a bag of beans in the cabinet that had been there for years. I don't like red beans, so I just stuck a few in a pot with soil and watered them.

I really didn't expect anything to happen, but all the beans sprouted in just a few days.

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