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HYACINTH BEAN "MOONSHADOW" (15 seeds) (AB106) $3.25

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HYACINTH BEAN "MOONSHADOW"

         
 
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(Dolichos lablab) Beautiful purple pods are used in Asia as a curry and stir-fry vegetable. Pick when small and tender, as old pods and dry beans may be poisonous! The long, rambling vine is also very ornamental with lilac-colored blossoms and purple stems. Thomas Jefferson planted this fine bean at Monticello.
 
HYACINTH BEAN "MOONSHADOW"
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 8
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

87.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Faris
Location:
KeaAu, HI, United States
Date:
December 27, 2018
          5.0
 
Eat at your own risk but GOOD
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Easy grower Beautiful Fragrant

What are the cons? Vine needs to be kept in check

Review:

One of 6 recommended green manure crops from Hilo Edu. Has surpassed our expectations! Defiantly poisonous if not cooked right (so are Potatoes, Cassava, Taro, and many foods we eat). Key to it's edibility is cooking pods when young (before you feel the beans develop) 20-ish min. to our liking. Mature beans should never be eaten raw! Beans cook best when picked while the beans iside are still green or shiny. If dried then the beans should be soaked overnight. Once you have the beans picked and peeled (soaked if dried), the bean must be boiled for at least 45min. then water should be drained, rinsed, re-boiled in new water for an additional 45 min. , drained, and rinsed (boiled water makes for great compost feeder. Once boiled it can be eaten as is, though I find the flavor is abit bland, but we've had AMAZING luck with turning this product into a Tempeh, and no need to dehaul the bean! This is how we read most people prefer it in India to east China! AMAZING, but work :)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

14 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Eulogos
Location:
Owego, NY, United States
Date:
April 5, 2017
          5.0
 
Beautiful and Delicious
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful plant

What are the cons? Produces late here in NY

Review:

These germinated well and grew exuberantly, but looked as if they were not going to produce. But in August they made flower spikes which quickly made a lot of beans. I wish I knew at what size they are poisonous. We ate them up to 3" with no problem.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

16 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kaleeds
Location:
Dallas, TX, United States
Date:
December 19, 2015
          3.0
 
Beautiful high yields but...
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful, high yields

What are the cons? Pods don't dry well on vine

Review:

I grew this in 2014 on purpose and it volunteered in 2015. In 2014, I grew it with about six other bean varieties and this one by far produced the most, grew most vigorously and was the most beautiful. It had essentially no pests and even continued to produce in the heat. My biggest complaint with this one is that both years, when letting the pods dry on the vine, the quality suffered severely. They looked almost moldy with a white residue on the beans. Even after washing them, they were discolored and just generally kinda gross looking. I also experienced this with the christmas pole lima, but not with others (Kentucky wonder and dixie speckled butterpea). I'm not sure if I can even eat the beans still. I did take a few off the vine and dry them indoors and the quality was fine, so I would recommend that if you plan to dry these. Keep in mind that this vine gets huge... 15 to 20 feet long and very bushy I haven't actually eaten any, so can't say anything about the taste

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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31 out of 33 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Sarah
Location:
Springfield, MO, United States
Date:
September 23, 2015
          5.0
 
Beautiful and they smell terri
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? The color and smell

What are the cons? Take a while to get going

Review:

We played at these and these standard Kentucky long bean. the Kentucky long beans grew and sprouted and we froze lots of those before the first one of the moonshadow hyacinth beans ever flowered. But once they did flower my oh my first off they smelled terrific! lots of bees pollinating the flowers and hundreds and hundreds of beans. there are so many beans I don't know what will do with all the beans plenty to seed more next year. They have a flavor between an artichoke and a green bean, really enjoyable.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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25 out of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kelly
Location:
Iowa City, IA, United States
Date:
March 13, 2015
          5.0
 
MUST GROW ORNAMENTAL BEAN
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? High Visibility, great yield!

What are the cons? Wish I had planted more.

Review:

These are a very impressive bean they are a little slow to start but once they start blooming the show never stops. The flowers are stunning, though oddly not attractive to bees, and once the pods start forming below the flowers they are a true show stopper. I manage a Chef's CSA and they are unreasonably popular with these folks because of their color and the ease of cooking, they have a really unique flavor among the bean families and if gently blanched in water which is reserved from previous blanchings, they will retain some of their color when cooked--many of my chefs used them in composed salads as garnish. You do have to keep up with picking because they do become toxic when older--must be vigilant, as older beans still look delicious.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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