Food Plants International - Plant Fact Sheets Psophocarpus tetragonolobus - Winged Bean
Edible Portion: Seeds, Pods, Leaves, Flowers, Roots, Vegetable
A climbing perennial bean up to 3 or 4 m tall. It can re-grow each year from the fattened roots. The stems twine around supports or trail over the ground. The leaves have 3 leaflets. The leaf stalks are long. The leaflets are 8-15 cm long. The flowers are blue or white. They occur on the ends of branches from within the axils of leaves. Pods have wavy wings or are roughly square in cross section. They are 6-36 cm long with 5-30 seeds. Seeds can be white, yellow, brown or black. They are bedded in the solid tissues of the pod. The seeds are round smooth and brown with a small hilum. Nodules on the roots are many and large.