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.
References : – https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/winged-bean/