INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

Buy crisp, pale sprouts that look firm and fresh. Avoid any that look limp, brown or slimy. Beansprouts are also available canned. Rinse them well before use.

Storage

Beansprouts have a high water content, so they only keep for a very short time in the refrigerator before they start to turn limp and mushy. They are best used within a day of purchase. Unsuitable for freezing.

Preparation

Steam or stir-fry beansprouts, or add them to mixed salads and sandwiches. Pinch off the wispy brown ‘tail’ if desired. Be careful not to over-cook them, however, as they quickly become soggy.