Winged Bean

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

if any one has had trouble [except me] finding Day length Nutral Winged Bean seed, -- Kitazawa told me that theirs is Day Length Nutral, -- the Bad news is, they want $100/pound for the seed, Is any one else interested in,- or already growing Winged Bean?? the whole plant is edible--and quite good tasting.

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Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

Michaelp,
Check out this site for winged beans aka Goa Beans. They have 5 grams for $3.40
Kataqawa Seed Company.
Mary

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

do you have a url ,-link, -- google and yahoo search could not find that seed Co, -- Michael

Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

Evergreen has them for $46.00 a lb http://www.evergreenseeds.com/wingedbean.html. $4.80 an ounce. You have already checked Kitazawa which requires a requested price quote for bulk seeds, but sells the small packet for $3.49 There are several companies which sell the small packets. http://www.seriouslyseeds.com/Bean-Goa-Winged-Seeds-5-Grams/M/B0015ODHQO.htm?traffic_src=froogle&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=froogle $ 3.49 for 5 grams. http://www.valuablevegetables.com/Bean-Goa-Winged-Seeds-5-Grams/M/B0015ODHQO.htm?traffic_src=froogle&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=froogle $ 3.49 for 5 grams. ( remember that there are 254 grams per lb.) Agrohaitai carrys them in bulk but is currently out of stock. http://www.agrohaitai.com/beanpea/wingedbean/wingedbean.htm This outfit carries them, but seems out of stock at the moment. http://www.banana-tree.com/Product_Detail~category~15~Product_ID~713.cfm

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

Thanks Farmerdill for suppling that web site for Michaelp. I had goggled Winged Beans and saw someone had it for sale and click on the site> I thought the name of the Nursery would bring up their site. Sorry Michaelp. I'll remember to look for a web site next time.
Mary

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

It's all good,
-- I got 1/2 pound from Evergreen, and 1/2 pound from Kitazawa, and some misc small amounts from 3 other places, --Kitazawa's came today, --they are very quick with the shipping, --Evergreen was about $28 with the shipping, got them 2 weeks ago,--Kitazawa was about $56 with the shipping added, --I will trial all varieties and see what happens, -- as usual , this should be fun, --it will take the whole season to get much more info, -- so --I will just wait and see wich ones do well here and are really Day length nutral, -- my reading on the subject, sugests, there are as many as a thousand varieties, --[look out plant files] MichaelP

Beverly Hills, FL(Zone 8b)

Michaelp,

When are you planning to plant these? I have purchased some seeds also from Evergreen and live in 8b zone in Florida. I was thinking maybe April, do you think that is a good time?

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

I will watch for warm weather but usually it is the 2nd or 3rd week in april for this kind of thing, [for me]

Beverly Hills, FL(Zone 8b)

Thank you!!

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

if you want to grow these , I would be willing to share a few seed from Kitazawa, that are suposed to be day length nutral, [if you would like], --I ordered 1/2 pound, and it will not take quite that many to plant the 200' row I have for them, --Yours in the garden, -- Michael

Beverly Hills, FL(Zone 8b)

Michaelp,

Thank you for your offer, but I have purchased some seeds from evergreen. I would love to see how your plants grow next year, though. How are you planning to eat the winged beans?

I'm thinking about stirfrying but I think it would do well deep fried, like tempura. Also have a few oriental veggies growing right now.

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

I plan to experiment with diferent ways of eating, and canning them, -I eat most things steamed, but also stirfry a lot, I am sure deep fried would be good also, If I can preserve them for storage, [and have them still be good to eat] I will be excited, but I will also see if I can market the fresh beans, and maybe vine tips and first few leaves also, as long as they are good and tender, with simple cooking or steaming, -- from what I have read, --there are a lot of varieties and diferences in palatability between them, --

johnson city, TN(Zone 7a)

The seed from kitazawa was great, [original post was made in Orange Springs FL]
grew very well, and produced a lot of great tasting beans, I grew them for several years.. the seed from Evergreen was not day length neutral - and did not produce many beans.
I am thinking of moving back to Florida, to be closer to family-- If I do-, I hope to plant these again...

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