Saturday, March 27, 2010
Photohunt: Fresh: beans from the garden
Where can you get these wing or square beans (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus),as fresh as this? I just picked it from my sister in law's bean vine growing on her fence in her garden in Johor Malaysia. It is so fresh you can eat it straight away, and have a mouthful of vitamin.
My parents used to grow them in Borneo. It is a good plant to grow because it is very tough and no insect will attack them. So it is a good plant for an organic farmer. The pod is highly nutritious, some people eat the leaves. I guess the leaves are edible as my parents used to serve the leaves of the long or string or snake beans.
To cook the pods, you can blanch them quickly and eat with a belachan sauce, or the traditional way, just slice them diagonally and a quick stir fry with some garlic pieces. Remember, a quick fry, don’t overcook. Your pods should be crunchy, slightly sweet and very tasty. If you overcook, they turn a dull black colour.
Wing beans are popular in all South East Asian countries. You can get them in Hawaii. I don't remember seeing them in New Zealand.