Tropical bean, high in protein and extremely versatile
This is one of the most unique beans. It produces delicious pods with four winged edges, and the entire plant is edible. The leaves can be cooked like spinach and the roots have a delicious, nutty flavor. This high-protein bean is an excellent crop and is so useful in the kitchen. The plants are tropical and do best in warm areas. They will not produce well when the days are long, so it may not yield until fall.Fabaceae Psophocarpus, Dolichos, Vigna, species tetragonolobus
This form of bean known as Asian Winged Beans are also known as the Goa Bean and Asparagus Pea. It is a tropical plant native to New Guinea. It does quite well in tropical areas, and can be found growing abundantly in hot, humid equatorial areas. The entire plant is edible. The leaves taste like spinach, the flowers taste like mushrooms, and the roots have a nutty flavor.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 64-80 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Asian Winged Beans are very frost tender and shouldn't be planted until the soil has warmed up.
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Warm, Hot, Short days
Asian Winged Beans are tropical plants, and are quite sensitive to frost. In warm weather, they will grow quickly, although they will not bloom when the days length is longer than 12 hours. They are one of the best nitrogen-fixing plants, and because of this will grow without needing added fertilizers.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 90°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
If the temperature is too low, you won't have success growing this bean. Wait until your soil is at least 60F to sow outdoors.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
For best production, beans should have evenly moist soil at all times.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own (if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it). They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
- High heat
- Small Gardens?
Beans are not a good candidate for container growing.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
The shoots, leaves, roots, flowers, pods and seeds of the winged bean are edible. The beans are starchy and nutty in flavor, while the leaves are reminiscent of spinach. The flowers make an excellent addition to salads.