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).
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 16-18 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 77ºF 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.