Rongai is a vigorous hyacinth bean producing large amounts of white flowers that mature into flat green bean pods. Rongai is often used as a cover crop or for fodder due to it's leafy habit. Lablab is widely cultivated around the world as an important food crop, though the beans require thorough blanching to remove potentially toxic glycosides.
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. For blanching, thoroughly boil, changing the water 3 or more times.
Seedpods - immature tender seeds and pods can be eaten raw or cooked, used like green beans.
Common names include hyacinth bean, bonavist bean/pea, dolichos bean, seim bean, lablab bean, Egyptian kidney bean, Indian bean, bataw, Australian pea
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