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.


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.


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.