Should I eat these accidentally sprouted lentils?
July 7, 2012 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Should I eat the lentils that sprouted (well, sprouts became apparent) during cooking?

I boiled the lentils briefly then lowered to a simmer, cooked with vegetable bullion and garlic. I noticed tiny white sprouts coming out of some of the lentils after I cooked them fully (they're clearly sprouts, not anything else), but the lentils looked normal before I cooked them. I didn't soak at all.

I was hungry, so I ate half a bowl (making this perhaps a redundant ShoudlIEatThis post), but are we cool? Am I going to get sick at all? The internet has so far told me about lentils that sprouted after 8-12 hours of soaking, not after no soaking at all.

posted by c'mon sea legs to Food & Drink (3 answers total)
Best answer: Yes, go ahead and eat them! This happens lots of time to me, and I never soak mine either --- and if lentil sprouts were going to kill me, they've had many, many batches over many, many years to do so.
posted by easily confused at 7:03 PM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Sometimes you're actually supposed to sprout lentils in recipes. It adds texture! So just pretend that you meant to sprout them and carry on.
posted by a hat out of hell at 7:47 PM on July 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Sprouting beans is actually good for you -- release more nutrients.
posted by DoubleLune at 9:48 PM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

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