ISO: Asian Winged Beans: The Magical Bean
- Gio Jun 8, 2013 08:55 AM
A truly magical bean, said to able to counter malnutrition since all parts of the plant are edible: pods, beans, shoots, flowers, even the tuber. Furthermore, it's easily grown and can be a perennial in the right environment. The beans are sold as Four-Angled beans, Goa beans, Princess beans, Winged peas, and Winged beans.
In any case, I need the beans for a recipe I want to make from this month's Cookbook of the Month: Burma: Rivers of Flavor/Naomi Duguid.
ETA: I'm thinking the beans may be showing up at local Farmers' Markets about now...
It's a little early in the season for any kind of beans from local sources. Apropos Asian Winged Beans, I have a vague memory of seeing them once. I think it was at Patel's on Moody Street in Waltham. It was a long while ago.
Beans at local farmers' markets .... try late July and thereafter....
Correction: apparently it needs 2 months of nighttime low temps over 70F; they are not likely to be grown locally (need to be in at least a subtropical environment, and that boundary is now around NYC, marginally (probably more assuredly south of Philly, the old boundary marker). Maybe in a few generations.
I've never seen them at a farmer's market, sorry. I considered growing them but read some reviews & decided that it wouldn't be worth it - a lot of people don't seem to like the taste, and the pods are very small.
Thank you for your responses, all. I truly appreciate it. Seems like I should wait and/or substitute, as is usually the case when cooking a recipe from a totally different cuisine. Thanks... !