Ingredient: Sprouts

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Mung Bean Sprout


Alfalfa Sprouts


  • Description-

 Bean sprouts are a common ingredient used in many Asian dishes.  The typical bean sprout we see comes from a mung bean, though there are also soy sprouts.  We see alfalfa sprouts in our farm shares at times as well.

  • Preparation-

 Bean sprouts can be used raw, stir fried or added at the end of a dish for light cooking.

  • Varieties-

Mung bean sprouts, Soy bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts

  • Storage-

Store sprouts in a produce bag with a paper towel wrapped around the to absorb excess moisture.  Sprouts have a very short life, we suggest using them within a day or two.

  • Nutrition-

vitamin C, B, B6, thiamin and niacin, copper, magnesium, and zinc

**Bean sprouts have been known to carry some bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli.  Elderly and pregnant women should avoid eating raw sprouts.  Please consume sprouts only from reputable sources **

Sprouts are a great topper to many dishes where you just need a little extra crunch.  


Take, for example, this BLT sandwich.  You might notice that the “L” in BLT has been replaced with the alfalfa sprouts from Jonathan’s Organics that we received in our 12th Springdell Winter CSA pickup.  We ended up referring to these sandwiches as BLfalfaT’s.  They were yummy and eaten by a tough crowd!

Recipes Using Sprouts

Crockpot Korean Beef

You can totally add whatever veggies to this dish. Maybe some thinly sliced red peppers and some scallions? Anyways, this one is easy and ready for when you get home.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

This is an Anderson family favorite, perfect for when the spaghetti squash season rolls around. Soy sauce or tamari can substitute fish sauce if you want to keep it vegetarian. Tamarind paste can be substituted for rice wine vinegar as well, but the real deal is best. Give yourself time to drain the tofu and make the squash, but the pad thai itself is quick to make.


Bibimbap is a wonderful way to enjoy CSA ingredients of the season, as it’s very flexible depending on what’s in season. Sizzling rice topped with delicious combinations of meat and veggies, an egg and distinctly flavorful sauce in a stone hot pot (optional but recommended) is really something special. The only two pantry ingredients that you might need are Gochujang (available at Asian Markets or well-stocked supermarkets) and sesame oil, and you’ve got yourself a party!