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Heirloom Vegetables: Purple Hyacinth Beans (lablab purpureus)

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nbgard
New Braunfels, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2010
7:27 AM

Post #8207838

Have any of you ever eaten these? If so, how did you cook them and how did they taste?

Tonya
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

November 12, 2010
11:50 AM

Post #8208238

I didn't think edible...but the deer do eat and manage to live to eat some more!
nbgard
New Braunfels, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #8208239

I did hear deer like it a lot, in fact, that it is sometimes raised just for that purpose!
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

November 12, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8208242

found this on a site that sells the beans

2. It has been reported that Hyacinth beans could be toxic to some people if eaten a lot or uncooked. It is suggested to change water a few times during boilling/cooking the edible bean pods. This approach may reduce the potential toxic effects.

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nbgard
New Braunfels, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2010
12:13 PM

Post #8208268

Thanks missingrosie, I had found that in some of my research, also.
professorroush
Manhattan, KS

December 13, 2010
12:23 PM

Post #8258026

I just got some of these to plant as well; and then blogged on them and included the information about cooking...not sure whether to trust the info, but these beans are used for human food and livestock food in other countries.

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

November 18, 2011
2:32 AM

Post #8895195

they look great in flower arrangements

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