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  1. Angled Luffa Luffa acutangula

    Angled Luffa, Ridged Loofah, Chinese Okra

    Luffas are vining annual plants that produce fruits for food and the luffa sponge. The young fruits of Angled Luffa are edible raw or cooked. Although two species produce a fibrous skeleton in the mature fruit, Smooth Luffa (Luffa cylindrica) is the preferred species for the luffa sponge. This...
  2. Bambara Groundnut Vigna subterranea

    Bambara bean, Earth pea

    Vigna subterranea is an annual, herbaceous, nitrogen-fixing legume of particular importance throughout semi-arid Africa. Leaves are trifoliate and are borne along creeping stems that extend along the ground surface. Flowers are yellow and butterfly-shaped, similar to other legumes. Upon...
  3. Wild Mung Bean Vigna vexillata

    Wild Mung Bean, Zombie Pea, Wild Cowpea

    Wild mung bean is a perennial, vining, nitrogen-fixing plant with edible beans and tubers. This plant is rarely cultivated but rather pods and tubers are collected from wild plants. It has potential for human food, as well as a green manure or cover crop.
  4. Moth Bean Vigna aconitifolia

    Moth Bean, Mat Bean, Mother Bean

    Moth bean is a low-growing, nitrogen-fixing, annual plant that forms a mat on the ground. It is drought tolerant, nutritious and can be eaten fresh or as a dried bean. Moth bean can also be used as a cover crop to suppress weeds and improve soil.
  5. Black Gram Bean Vigna mungo

    Urd, Urd Bean, Black Gram

    Black gram is an erect, up to 1 m in height, nitrogen-fixing, drought tolerant, annual plant grown for the dry beans. The bean is used whole, split, husked, fermented, sprouted or ground into flour which when combined with rice flour is especially valued for baking. Black gram is also used as a...
  6. African Okra Abelmoschus caillei

    African Okra, Quimbombó, Quimbombótardio

    Abelmoschus caillei originated and is now grown mostly in West and Central Africa, where it has become an important vegetable crop. This species of okra is particularly popular with subsistence farmers as it can produce a food crop year round, has a higher market value as it is available in the...
  7. Okra Abelmoschus esculentus

    Okra, Ochro, Okro, Lady's Finger, Gumbo

    Okra probably originated in North East Africa growing along rivers and bodies of water at 0 - 1000m elevation. It remains widely grown around the world for its nutritious pods, leaves, and fiber. It prefers hot temperatures with plenty of water. Regular picking of the pods triggers continuous...
  8. Gac Momordica cochinchinensis

    Gac, Spiny Bitter Cucumber, Sweet Gourd, Giant Spine Gourd, Cochinchin Gourd

    Gac is a woody, perennial plant with vining stems reaching 6 m or more in length. Growing from tuberous roots, the vines are often seen climbing on fences or into the tops of trees. Its large (10-15 cm wide), dark green leaves have three to five lobes. Gac is dioecious, meaning that some plants...
  9. Smooth Luffa Luffa cylindrica

    Smooth Luffa, Sponge Gourd, Dishcloth Gourd, Vine Okra

    Luffas are vining annual plants that produce fruits for food and the luffa sponge. The fruits of Smooth Luffa are preferred for luffa sponges. Angled luffa, C. acutangula, is the preferred species for edible fruit.
  10. Yard Long Bean Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

    Asparagus Bean, Yard Long Bean, Snake Bean, Dow Gauk

    Yardlong beans are an annual, vining or bushy, subspecies of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) that produce elongated pods up to 1 m long. Green pods and seeds are eaten as a fresh vegetable and the plants are also used as fodder, green manure, or cover crop.