Winged Bean

Winged Bean
(Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)

Winged Bean


Pick firm, crisp beans that snap easily when bent.


Keep in a plastic bag and refrigerate.


  • Wash plants well before use.
  • The immature pods can be eaten steamed or cookedwith other foods.
  • The young leaves, shoots, and flowers can also beeaten as a vegetable.
  • Roots can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • (Bailey, 1992; Produce for Better Health Foundation, 2013)

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Winged Bean

The winged bean is a climbing plant with a long pod. The pod has four sides and is green in color. The plant grows well in hot wet climates and in most soil types that are deep and drain well (Bailey, 1992).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro –sigidiyas
  • Marshallese – bean
  • Palauan – bins
  • Pohnpeian – pihns
  • Yapese – mame