mung bean



  • A small spherical green bean, Phaseolus aureus, with a white hilum, used as a source of bean sprouts, but may be eaten as a vegetable when the pod is young. Its principal use is as a pulse which is also made into a flour used in Indian cooking. If used as a pulse, it requires 8 hours soaking and long cooking. It may also be candied as a snack food or used to make a type of bean curd.