Phaseolus aureus China. Alternate Title: Tubs of bean sprouts on a cart. Peking, China. A cart full of tubs of bean sprouts, produced by the humble mung bean. These bean sprouts are eaten as a vegetable, when scalded, and they are a very tasteful product when served cold as salad with some soy-bean, vinegar and oil sprinkled over them. Sixteen or seventeen catties of dry beans supply from fifty to sixty catties of sprouts. June 28, 1913.