Winged beans - fresh from the vines

#530 - Winged Beans or Winged Pea ( 'Dambala' in Sinhala)

Psophocarpus tetragonolobus.

This bean has been called the "one species supermarket" because practically all of the plant is tasty and edible. The beans are used as a vegetable.The fresh young pods are similar to green beans with a chewy texture and a slightly sweet taste. The taste of the pods is something between a snow pea and asparagus.

They are terrific when grilled and served with dipping sauce.When cooked, the leaves taste like spinach and the flowers like mushrooms. The firm-fleshed roots have a nutty flavor. This remarkable bean offers a high source of protein- upto 20%.

  • Dr.Saji K 6y

    Excellent shot
  • Tharindu Wijayasena 6y

    Nice lighting!
  • Shanti - Peace Through Lens 6y

    Excellent white background in this one.. Those are some creepy beans I am seeing for the first time.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Upali Wickramasinghe 6y

    Good lighting indeed!
    Seen on your photo stream. (?²ˣ)
  • Claire J 6y

    How fascinating - I have never seen these, before. You display them perfectly!
    Thanks for your kind comment, too. Oh yes, it is getting too cool, here (sigh). Cheers!
  • Glenn R Parker 6y

    Interesting photo. These are a first for me. Well done.
  • Marie Stewart 6y

    These are great looking and do you shell them to eat or use them in a salad or both. Great composition.
  • thamzycle 6y

    Beautiful shot
  • sandya kumari 6y

    nice lighting and excellent shot
  • Moses Davies 6y

    Great lighting and composition!
  • egle_k. 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Medicinal, Aromatic and Wild (or rare) Edible Plants, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • jesuis mal 5y

    Yes, I have this tree in my garden. EASY TO PLANT AND GOOD TASTE,i can eat raw or stir fry with scrimps or beef sliced , pork sliced ... yummy .You recalls me my photos about this plant , I will post them , now ....
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo.
  • Farmanac 4y

    Thanks for making this great photo available under a Creative Commons license! We used it in Farmanac, our new iPhone app for fruits and vegetables.
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