The production and consumption of sprouted mung beans have a long history in Asian countries. In recent years the consumption of mung beans sprouts is also increased in European countries. European consumers consider good quality sprouts to have a bright color, a long shelf life and a non-bitter taste.

European companies that are specialised in the production and marketing of sprouted mung beans such as Evers Special wish to source mung beans from the different production countries in Asia that deliver such quality characteristics. Further, these varieties should perform well in the field with a high yield, pest and disease resistance, adaptability to the local climate and short crop duration to complete the maturation before the monsoon starts and the rice needs to be transplanted.

In 2019 Evers Special compared three different mung bean cultivars imported from Myanmar. The beans were sprouted under the same conditions and at the same time and evaluated in particular for their sprouting qualities. The comparison of the different bean cultivars is conducted by Evers Special as part of their diversifying sourcing strategy whereby increasing volumes of mung bean are imported from Myanmar rather than the traditional sourcing country China. The work conducted by Evers Special is part of the Dutch-funded Vegetable Impact Cluster Project in Myanmar. Refer to the mungbean page on this website to read trial results.