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
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.