Asian Winged Beans

breezyb(z6/7VA)April 5, 2005

Anyone here grow/eat them?

Since I'm a biggy on Asian cooking, am growing them for the first time this year. Have never eaten them before either.

Any growing tips? Cooking tips? Taste descriptions?

Will post this on the Vegetable forum as well.

Thanks!

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chaman(z7MD)

You will find some helpful info. about Asian Winged Beans at
echonet.org and evergreenseeds.com.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 9:39PM
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ianna(Z5b)

Yummy. I like them stir fried. It retains its crunchy texture.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2005 at 4:53PM
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donna_loomis

They are really tasty, but you must harvest them at no more than 2 inches or they get quite stringy. They really do taste a bit like asparagus. I had quite a time germinating them, though. Out of 12 only 3 sprouted. I dug up the others and the seeds were full of worms.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 4:40PM
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breezyb(z6/7VA)

Haven't planted mine yet. It's still a bit too cool here for beans.

Do you cook them like you would regular snap beans?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 4:47PM
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donna_loomis

That depends on how you cook regular snap beans. I would say that you want to cook these as little as possible. That's why they're perfect for stir fry.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2005 at 5:24PM
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jun_(8b-9a)

The winged beans I remember eating were about 4-5 inches long and not stringy at all. My mom would cook a meat stew and you can dip raw winged beans into them. I really don't know how she made the stew but it was delicious.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 5:15PM
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jun_(8b-9a)

I'm growing some right now. Hopefully I will have enough seeds to exchange next season

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 3:58PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Just came across this thread during a search. I've grown the winged bean from E.C.H.O (echonet.org) for several years. It is one of the few winged beans that at daylength-neutral, along with "Hunan" from Baker Creek. Both are pole varieties, and require the same support as other pole beans.

Day neutral or not, they require a long, warm season to produce pods. Here in Wisconsin, I need to start them indoors as transplants... and even then, I can only get pods for a few weeks before frost. Growing dry seed is out of the question for short-season areas.

Winged bean seeds are "hard", so they should be soaked overnight, and only the seeds which expand should be planted. You can improve the germination rate by filing or nicking the seed coat, to allow the water to penetrate.

I'm afraid I am not a big fan of the cooked flavor, which seemed too sweet to me, almost saccharin-like. Cooked with beef, however, it was interesting. The pods are not the only part which is edible. The leaves are very high in protein as well, although I have yet to try them personally. Given that pods are not very cost-effective here, the leaves may be a better use of space.

The flowers are large & quite beautiful, so this could be a good choice for edible landscaping. I finally figured out how to get this photo out of my phone!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 4:34PM
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chaman(z7MD)

I had grown winged beans a few years back for seed.Seeds were bought from E.C.H.O..Seeds did not mature hard enough for shelling due to cold weather condition of Maryland. We used tender shoots and pods for stir-frying.I have read that tuberous roots are edible.Winged beans are known as Goa beans also.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 4:49PM
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browndirt(9b)

I'm a Florida gardener, looking for the Asian winged bean
seed to make a trade/SASE with a grower of them.
anyone have a few seeds to spair?
send me an email if available please.
John H. zone 9b

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 1:32PM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

I feel lucky to see all these messages. I have bought some Winged Beans seed from Thailand but it is not germinated. Same time I sow Yard Long Beans it germinated so fast without any problem. Now I have 4 seeds and I soaked in water, so please help me to germinate it successfully.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:28AM
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chilliwin(EU DK 7)

I feel lucky to see all these messages. I have bought some Winged Beans seed from Thailand but it is not germinated. Same time I sow Yard Long Beans it germinated so fast without any problem. Now I have 4 seeds and I soaked in water, so please help me to germinate it successfully.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:29AM
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