Latin Name: Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
Princess beans, more commonly known as winged or goa beans, is a tropical legume. They are disease resistant and grow best in equatorial climates, like Southeast Asia.
Pods are usually rectangular or flat and can be green or cream colored. The seeds are round and will range from white to brown colored.
The beans can grow in almost any condition, heat or heavy rainfall. They prefer to grow around a support upwards.
The leaves of winged beans can be eaten as spinach, flowers in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, and seeds can be used like soybeans.
Winged beans taste like a combination of cranberry beans and green beans. You need to boil or stew the seeds to be tender, but they can be eaten raw. The beans can be cooked like peas. The tubers can be boiled, fried, or baked and peeled after boiling.
Low calorie, 100 grams of beans have 49 calories. They are great for vegan diets because princess beans contain B12 and Vitamin C. They also contain many important minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. The leaves are full of fiber and the tubers have starch and protein.
Susceptible to moisture stress and waterlogging, Beans are ready to be eaten within 3 months of planting, Fresh winged beans can be kept for 3 days, To germinate they must be scarified or soaked in water overnight before planting, They bloom best in short, cool days, The soil needs to drainage to grow with trellises, Plant the seeds 1 inch deep, 2 feet apart in rows 1ish meter apart,2 weeks after pollination the pods may be harvested
Be careful with consumption because of allergy risk
Winged beans prevent premature aging. They are also high in protein.