El origen histórico del frijol alado es incierto. Muchos autores consideran que su origen pudo haber sido en Nueva Papa Guinea y en las regiones de las islas de Indonesia donde existen muchas variedades del frijol alado.  Al frijol alado también se lo conoce como el guisante espárrago, se lo cultiva extensivamente en Burma e India y ha sido introducido con éxito en otras regiones al sur este de Asia, como por ejemplo: Malasia, Tailandia, también Africa occidental y las islas del Caribe. 

Bogor

'Bogor' is a short day-length variety, with very vigorous vines, 20 cm pods, and high yields.

Chimbu

'Chimbu' has crimson red pods, purple seed, medium yields.

Day Neutral

‘Day-Neutral’ blooms during longer days, allowing out of season production.

Flat

‘Flat’ produces easy to transport pods due to shape. This variety needs shorter days to produce seed.

Mix

‘Mix' is a mixture of ECHO's winged bean varieties. If you are unsure which variety may work in your area, we recommend requesting this mixture.

Ribbon

‘Ribbon’ has smaller wings, 23 cm green pods, and needs shorter days to produce seed.

Siempre

‘Siempre’ produces pods that are smaller than most other varieties and has good tuber production.

Square

‘Square' has good tuber production during the shorter, cooler days.

Thai

'Thai' has longer, thin leaves that set this variety apart from others and originates from lines bred in southeast Asia.

Pang Daeng Nawk

Short day-length variety from northern Thailand; produces long, tender pods (30 cm/12 in).

Purple Esaan

A short day- length variety with 25 cm (10 in), dark purple.

Purple Mae Tha

A short daylength, young pod with green-purple tip, mature pod is maroon.