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Winged Bean
Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
From Papua and New Guinea originally but widely cultivated throughout the tropics. It is a rich source of protein, vitamin A, C, calcium and iron; and no other plant fixes more nitrogen. The distinctive pods have four wings along their lengths and can be eaten like string beans. The flowers and flowerbuds taste like mushrooms and can be eaten raw, fried or steamed. The young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. In Indonesia, milk, tempeh and tofu are made from the dried beans. Even the tuberous roots can be eaten like potatoes. It is not well known to gardeners because traditional varieties fail to produce before the frosts arrive in autumn; but our variety is a much earlier (day-length neutral) and starts to produce in 75 days. Needs a warm, sunny location, moist soil, and a trellis to climb on. Soak seeds in water for quicker germination.
S8047 Bulk Seeds $5.00/10g, $52.00/100g
S8047 Seeds $2.50/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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