- Flower nameWinged bean
- Scientific namePsophocarpus tetragonolobus
- Alias四角豆, ウリズン, うりずん豆, シカクマーミ, Winged bean, haricot aile
- Place of originSoutheast Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia
- Place of floweringSubtropical region, Okinawa
- Flowering seasonJuly, August, September
- Language of flowerscompassion
What is Winged bean
The winged bean (scientific name: Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) is native to Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and is a vine annual of the family Fabaceae. In Japan, it is cultivated commercially in Okinawa, and in other warm areas it is cultivated for home gardens and greening curtains. The Okinawan name is Urisun, Urizu Bean, or Shikakumami, the English name is Winged bean, and the French name is halicot aile.
Extend the vine 3 to 4 m, and in summer, light blue lip petals bloom from the leaves. There are 4 tombs on the buds after the flower, and the sheath edge is covered with frills. Not only pods, but leaves, flowers, and roots are edible raw or cooked. Cooking methods include salads, stir-fries, tempura, and soup. The flower language is “compassion”.
Common name: winged bean, aka: haricot aile (French name), vine lemgth: 300-400 cm, pod length: 15-20 cm, flower color: light blue, flower diameter: 3-4 cm, flowering period: July to September, leaf color: green, pod color: green, Harvest period: September to November, use: pods, flowers, leaves and roots are also edible.