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Job's tears is a tropical, 1 to 2 m tall annual grass. It is commonly found growing in many tropical areas of the world in ditches and low areas. Plants are commonly used for fodder and seeds are both consumed and used for bead craft.

Mae John

‘Mae John’ is the larger-seeded variety, obtained from Thailand, and used for food.

Small Seeded

'Small Seeded' Job's tears has smaller seeds than the Mae John variety and is used for decorative purposes.

Mekong Mix

A soft, round, edible variety. 120 days from seed to flower. Seed coat turns gray or black when mature.

Decorative Mix

Non-edible mix of three decorative varieties. Two are thin and long; one is short and round. Used for embroidering shirts, bags, and tapestries. Can also be used for jewelry.

India

Burma