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Hyacinth Bean (Dolichos lablab L.)  260-300g/1000 seeds

Other names: Dolichos bean, seim bean, lablab bean, Bonavist, Chicaros, Chink, Egyptian bean, Pharao, Seem, Val, Bian Dou.

Hyacinth bean is a Short-Day annual vine plant. It needs a trellis or fence for support. It grows vigorously. The pods are semi-Moon shaped, most are green color and some are red or purple color.

The immature pods are harvested for vegetable, but must be cooked (boiled, stir fry, etc). They tasted a little bitter but delicious. The pods can not be eaten raw due to the presence of toxic cyanogenic glycosides.

Hyacinth bean can also be planted for ornamental purpose.



Red Flower: Vine annual, early maturity. Red purple flowers. Green pods, average 9cm x 3cm.

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Purple Moon Hyacinth Bean


Purple Moon: Vine annual, early maturity. Light purple flower, shiny purple pods and purple vines. Pod size: 8cm x 3cm. Immature pods are eatable after cooked. Can be planted for ornamental plants.

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