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Purple-Black Sword Bean
Canavalia gladiata
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
Sword beans are otherworldly in so many ways! For starters, the seeds are massive, just 8 seeds weigh an ounce. The pods get long and rigid enough to swing like a sword. Meanwhile the plant grows as a climber or a trailer with vines up to 20 feet (6m) long. Surprisingly little known outside Africa and Asia, the young pods are used in soups, stews, stir-fries, and curry dishes. Sword beans come in many different patterns and shades, from white, red and purple to almost black. This landrace from Ghana, in West Africa, has a distinctive purple-black coloration. 100 days.
S9574 SeedZoo(tm) Seeds 6 seeds $8.75/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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