Winged bean is also known as Asparagus pea, Winged pea, Four Angled bean, Manila bean, Princess bean, and Dragon bean. Almost every part of this tropical plant is edible: The beans (used as a vegetable), the leaves (cooked like spinach), the roots (similar to potato), and the dried seeds (used for flour). This is a day neutral variety.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 15-20 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 75 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil in a warm, sunny location. Seeds can be difficult to germinate. For better germination, pre-sprout seeds indoors by soaking in water for 24 hours until swollen and then keep at 77°F until sprouted. Scarify seed coat for seeds not swollen and resoak. Plant when seeds sprout. Keep soil moist. Fertilize sparingly. Train to grow on a vertical support. Large vigorous vines can reach 9-12'. Harvest beans up to 3" in length.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: High in protein and rich in vitamin A, C, calcium and iron.