The tender young seedpods and immature seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be used as a green vegetable like French beans. They are also used as a curry vegetable. The immature seedpod contains 3.2% protein, 0.8% fat, 5.4% carbohydrate, 0.81% ash. It is rich in vitamin B1. Leaves - they must be cooked. They can also be dried for later use. The leaves are used as a greens just like spinach. They contain up to 28% protein (dry weight?). Flowers - raw or cooked in soups and stews.Root - large and starchy.
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A perennial species, it is not cold-hardy in Britain, though it is occasionally grown as an annual in the ornamental garden. It requires a minimum temperature of 7 - 10°c if it is to survive winter conditions. The hyacinth bean is commonly cultivated in warm temperate and tropical climates for its edible seed, there are many named varieties varying in height from 60cm to 2 metres. Short-day, long-day and daylength-neutral varieties are available, you should use day-length-neutral or long-day varieties in northern latitudes. Plants are fairly fast-growing, young pods are ready to harvest from 70 - 120 days after sowing.This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
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