Pinto beans are a versatile, inexpensive legume, delicious in soups and stews, tacos and burritos. But they can be a bit difficult to digest. Sprouting the beans makes them easier to digest. As a bonus, sprouting also makes beans more nutrient dense and helps them to cook faster.
Pinto beans do not sprout as reliably as some other beans. Because of their lower germination rate, pinto sprouts can be considered done even if only 50% of them have sprouted. Like other beans, one quarter inch of sprout is enough to get all the benefit.
Preparing to Sprout Pinto Beans
Before you get started sprouting pinto beans, read through these tips:
Large beans sprout better in cooler temperatures. Keep sprouting beans around 68-70°F, if possible.
Large beans require a longer soaking period and more frequent rinsing and draining, especially in warmer temperatures.
Large beans may not get enough air during draining. Make sure your sprouting container allows plenty of ventilation during draining periods.
It is normal for the skins to loosen and come off the beans. Either pick the skins out or leave them in as they do not affect the flavor.