Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jackbeans from Thailand

Last time I was down in Ft. Lauderdale, my Thai aunt-in-law showed me a really cool bean plant in her garden:

That's a heck of a bean pod, isn't it? That's called a "jackbean."

She cooks the young pods in stir-fries and boils the green beans, once shelled, as a vegetable.

However, she tells me the mature dry beans are poisonous (and the internet backs this up) so they're good only for planting.

And... joy of joys... she had saved a mature pod for me!

I can't wait to see how these things grow. They're really a monstrous bean and look pretty darned awesome in the garden.

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At July 9, 2015 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

I'm growing jack beans I got from a guy in Australia. They seem to grow pretty well with little care. But damn man velvet beans can grow!


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