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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Here it comes, the first winged bean!

Winged bean plant is perculiar in the sense that the plant will grow until the trellis become so dense and heavy, then only the blooming will start. Within days there are flowers all over. The fruit or rather the beans seem to grow by minutes. Within a couple of days the beans are ready for harvest.

I dont put a lot of fertilizers to these plants. Poultry fertilizer pellets are all they get every two weeks. I read somewhere about beans plant has root system that manufacture their own nutrients.. huh.

We should be ready to taste the first winged bean anytime now...




is that ladybird?





18 comments:

  1. They look like our Asparagus peas that you boil and eat whole whilst still young although if left to grow too long they get very hard and tough.

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  2. Bangchik, I saw a ladybird on the leave. It is good. The last picture is wing bean flowers, right? I think we also called wing beans, four angled beans. I like winged beans stir fried with belacan very much. One of my favourites. Do you eat it raw?

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  3. Hi JOANNE, Kakdah loves to serve fresh as salad. At times she fries them. Exquisite!!

    MARIE, You wanna try growing winged beans in your garden?.. I can always post seeds to you.. the seeds are hardy enough to go through the air.

    BELLE, raw or fried, a real bonus for the care and attention that had been given to these lovely plants. The last was its flowers fallen.. Don't have many ladybirds though, people are saying about ladybirds eating up bad pests... never see one in action yet..

    A nice day to you all
    ~bangchik

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  4. I like them fried or raw. Yummy! I 'm planning to grow some in my little plot. Enjoy your harvest when ready!

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  5. Nice nice nice. I love fresh wing beans... cook with sambal belacan like what Autumnbelle said :-D But I think you would prefer to take as Ulam right? Before dinner, go pluck some ... yum yum... fresh and crispy!

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  6. Very interesting. I have never heard of these.

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  7. Ooh, I'm a big lover of peas and beans, could eat them all year round. These look really interesting! I may have to keep an eye out

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  8. Awesome! I haven't been very successful at growing winged beans but I think it might have to do with the quality of seed. These beans are among my favorite vegs!

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  9. KEATS and STEPH, I love taking them raw as Ulam, and I don't mind if Kakdah fry them with sambal belacan .... So , good luck to Keats on growing winged beans.

    TERESA, growing winged bean is so easy. The plant is fairly versatile.

    Thanks for dropping in RIA. Lets give winged beans a chance to prove its worthiness in your garden.... haha.

    I might just save some seeds later and have them posted to you ROWENA and whoever is interested. Lets see if Putrajaya seeds are as good as claimed!... haha.

    Cheers, A nice day to you all
    ~bangchik

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  10. Kacang botol! Nice ... I love the blooms, too!

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  11. LILI... you "kaki ulam" too?... Blooms are nice, soft whitish blue... and even when they fall, they still maintain the freshness. ~bangchik

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  12. cool beans, I've never seen them before

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  13. I grew some winged peas here last year. Mine were called 'asparagus pea' because they are supposed to taste a bit like asparagus. There were plenty of them, you have to pick them small otherwise they get stringy. The flowers were a beautiful dark red.

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  14. Wow, lovely and new to me! Enjoy your glut, winged beans with everything, haha. I think I saw the beautiful ladybird too!

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  15. Thanks WISEACRE, MATRON and CARRIE for dropping in.

    So WISEACRE, Blotanical really serves its purpose, connecting gardeners across the continents, even unfamiliar beans are made visible through blogs.

    while ours are bluish white, yours dark red... MATRON. The same here, they get stringy if left too long on trelie.

    CARRIE, I don't have the patience to see for myself about ladybirds friendliness... People are talking about them eating the bad pests. I haven't seen them doing it yet... They really do?

    ~bangchik

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  16. Thanks for sharing something new (again)! Never heard of a 'winged bean'...hope they taste good for you;-) I like the ladybug on the leaf. And the little flowers on, what I'm assuming, is the bean?

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  17. Thanks JAN, winged beans can't fly, but definitely they will end up on dinner plates.. haha. The taste is good, crunchy and raw.
    ~bangchik

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