Winged bean, which is locally known as ‘Chathura Payar’, is one of the legumes that contains the highest quantity of protein. It contains about eight times more protein than in long beans and beans and thirty times more protein than in carrot and spinach. It also is a rich source of iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and vitamins.
Winged bean is also called four-angled bean, Dragon bean, Manila bean or Goa bean. All parts of winged beans, such as the tender beans, flower, leaves and even roots, are edible.
Though it is highly nutrient, winged bean is not very popular in Kerala, because of its weird breeding habits. Winged bean requires the season when the daytime is shorter. Winged bean planted in July-August will start blooming in October-November.
However, if winged bean is planted in January, it will bloom only in October no matter how much it is grown. As this nature of the plant is not properly identified by the farmers here, they mistake it for infertility.
Benefits of winged beans