Winged Bean


Common Name: Winged Bean
Scientific Name: Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
Family Name: Fabaceae

Edible Uses :

  • All the plant parts, seeds, tender, immature pods, young leaves, flowers and tubers are edible and consumed as food.
  • Tuberous roots are consumed both cooked and raw in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar.
  • Young pods at the 10–15 cm stage are eaten raw and cooked.
  • Young leaves and shoots and young pods are eaten raw or steamed as lalab and in sayor, in a side dish with rice called trantjam ketjepir made up of sliced young tender pods mixed with similarly sliced cucumber and sambal in Indonesia.
  • Young leaves are cooked and eaten as greens.
  • Young tender pods are eaten raw as ulam (vegetable salad) usually with sambal belachan in Malaysia.
  • Young pods are sliced and fried with sambal and pounded dried shrimps.
  • Ripe seeds are consumed as delicacy in pindang or eaten roasted.
  • Flowers and flower buds eaten as petjel in Java.
  • Flowers are used to color rice and pastries.
  • Ripe seeds are fried as like kacang goreng in madura.
  • Seed are rich in proteins and has similar uses to that of soya beans – edible oil, milk, tofu, bean curd, tempeh, miso etc.
  • Winged bean flour can be used as protein supplement in bread making.
  • Finely chopped beans are added in salads, stir-fries, and sambal.
  • Whole immature pods may be grilled and seasoned with oil, salt and pepper.
  • Tender leafy greens and shoots cooked in stews and stir-fries.

Medicinal Uses :

  • Helps Prevent Premature Aging.
  • Reduces Headaches and Migraines.
  • Ensures a Healthy Pregnancy.
  • Inflammation and Sprains.
  • Helps Prevent Vision Problems.
  • Weight loss, Weakness.
  • Can Help Prevent Diabetes and Asthma.
  • Increases Immunity and Fights Colds.
  • Leaves were used in a compound lotion for small pox in Peninsular Malaysia.
  • Root as poultice to cure vertigo in Myanmar.
  • Pods and the edible tubers are considered roborant (tonic) in New Guinea.
  • Leaves and seed are eaten to cure skin sores such as boils and ulcers.


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