This climbing hyacinth bean produces large amounts of light purple flowers that mature into flat purple-red bean pods. Lablab is widely cultivated around the world as an important food crop, though the beans require thoroughly blanching to remove potentially toxic glycosides.
Edible (flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, seedpods)
Flowers - can be steamed or eaten raw.
Leaves - cooked, used like spinach
Root - boiled or baked
Seeds - a mild flavor and high in protein, used like soybeans, often fermented or used for tofu.
Seedpods - immature tender seeds and pods can be eaten raw or cooked, used like green beans.
|Germination||direct sow 1 in. deep after last frost, germ (6-10 days)|
|Requirements||full sun, moderate water req.|
|Life Cycle||perennial often grown as an annual|
|Antagonists||all 'Allium' (garlic, leeks, onions, etc.), kohlrabi, peppers, radishes, sunflowers|
|Uses||edible*(flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, seedpods), medicinal*, cover crop|
|Notes||raw seeds (beans) are toxic, must be blanched/cooked|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||allow pods to dry on the plant before harvesting|
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