Velvet Beans: A Natural Testosterone Booster

valvet beans natural testosterone booster
Velvet Bean Pods

Velvet bean pods look amazing

If you’re looking for a natural testosterone booster that will raise your sense of well-being and give you extra energy… velvet beans are the answer.

Why Velvet Beans?

Velvet beans not only boost testosterone, however; they also raise dopamine levels and make you feel better about life in general.

Velvet beans (known in Latin as Mucuna pruriens) are becoming a hot commodity. The seeds are rather expensive now that they’re becoming better known as a health supplement. For a crazy amount of information on the health benefits of velvet beans, check out this article. They’re well-known as a natural aphrodisiac among other pleasant benefits.

Fortunately, once you have seeds you can grow lots and lots of them provided you have a long enough season. Here in North Florida velvet beans grow like weeds. Here they are eating one of my oak trees:

velvet beans testosterone booster growing

You wouldn’t guess a crazy vigorous plant like this would be a natural testosterone booster, would you? Naw.

Growing Velvet Beans

Growing velvet beans is easier than easy.

Plant velvet beans in spring after all danger of frost and give them something they can climb – just be aware that they will completely cover small trees and shrubs. Even moderately large trees can get overwhelmed with their strong, twisting vines.

In other words, don’t plant velvet beans next to your award-winning camellias.

They can tolerate some shade but do best in full sun. Poor soil isn’t a big deal – they can handle it, thanks to their nitrogen-fixing ability.

Give them hot weather and lots of rainfall and they grow wonderfully. If it’s not rainy, irrigation will get them growing faster; however, I plant mine in half-wild parts of the yard and never water… and I still get plenty of beans.

I’ve even guerrilla planted them in empty lots around my neighborhood and had them grow pretty well. If the soil were good enough, I think they’d naturalize (they’ve almost done so in my food forest – I always have a few plants every year even without planting new ones).

NOTE: There are wilder forms of velvet beans that are covered with stinging hairs, giving them the name “madness bean.” The ones I grow have mostly had that trait bred out of them, though handling the fuzzy velvet pods can make you a little bit itchy, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Harvesting Velvet Beans

Velvet bean pods are ready for the table when the beans inside have filled out nicely but the pods haven’t dried out. If you want velvet bean seeds you need to let them dry on the vine until the pods are nice and hard. The seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute, though they unfortunately lack caffeine. The dry beans are also used as a health supplement, though I have stuck to the tasty green beans instead.

Preparing and Cooking Velvet Beans

Velvet beans are powerful medicine and contain a wide range of bioactive compounds. A friend of mine ate quite a few of them on a daily basis and ended up with migraines. A few is good enough – though they taste so good cooked that you’ll want to eat lots and lots.

Restrain yourself!

You don’t want to end up dealing with both a sexual harassment lawsuit AND a migraine, do you? I didn’t think so.


Cooking velvet beans takes about 15 minutes of boiling

I pick the beans when they’re filled out and green, put them in a pot, cover with water, add lots of sea salt, then boil until they soften and start to split open revealing the tasty beans inside.

The pods themselves are tough and inedible, but the seeds inside taste like really good boiled green peanuts.

Once I’ve cooked my green velvet beans, I shell them, dry the green beans off and then freeze them so I can ration out beans through the year. The pods are only produced in the late summer and fall so you need to plan ahead.

I eat five velvet beans a day for a few weeks, then quit for a week, then do it again. John Starnes’ video on velvet beans introduced me to the on-and-off approach and it’s supposed to help keep your body from getting too used to the dopamine and testosterone effects. Seems to work well!

So – there you have it – a natural testosterone booster you can grow in your garden.

To see what they look like growing on the vine and how I cook them, check out my new video on velvet beans:

Start growing velvet beans next spring and have fun. If you work out or need more pep (or a natural aphrodisiac) velvet beans are for you.

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  • Hey David, great post! Can you recommend a view options for purchasing seeds?

    Also, unrelated: since you live in Florida and I see in several of your pictures that you, like me, have an abundance of Spanish moss growing in your treas. I just moved to my property in central Florida about three months ago. I want to tear a lot of the Spanish moss down but want to use it in my garden bed establishment. I have read that it makes great ground cover but also gets infested with chigger (red bugs). Have you used it in compost, compost tea, or just tilled it into the soil? If so, what kind of results did you see from it?

    Appreciate your answer!

    • I’ve never gotten chiggers from Spanish moss and I’ve handled it quite a bit. That doesn’t mean the tales are untrue, but I do think they’re greatly exaggerated. I’ve composted it and used it as mulch. It takes a while to rot down but does work well. Tilling under would probably be touch since it would wrap all around a tiller. I wouldn’t be afraid of it at all.

      On velvet bean seeds, they’re tough to find. I don’t have any trusted sources other than other gardeners here and there.

    • Hello,

      My name is Chidozie Anikpe ,
      I am a Nigerian and live in the nations capital Abuja. you can reach me on for possible supply of the bean/seed.


  • source for seed as well as other info

  • I have about 2 acres of them growing now (covering land exposed after an earthworks project early in the Spring). They look very happy – the whole thing is a mess 3′ high that you can’t walk through and even the most aggressive species that normally would be a big problem in this situation are barely surviving somewhere under the beans. No pods though – I think they need support to actually produce pods. Or may be it’s too early.

    P.S. Haven’t had a chance to comment for a while but I do my best to read! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hey! Welcome back!

      They do cover the ground like mad. I’ve even had them kill out weeds in the shade.

      Some of mine are just starting to bloom. They might be day-length sensitive. You’ll probably get some seed.

      • Looks like we both were right – many pods now but only on plants that climbed on something, like a tree or taller plant (it doesn’t work that good for the plants they climb on). Many of the ones that didn’t have support are half dead now – all the leaves are gone, etc. I can’t prove it but somehow I’m pretty sure that has something to do with a lot of rain we had in Sep (almost 10″ as of now it’s actually raining again).

    • Morena ferrer

      Hi , please get in touch with me at your convenience , I’m interested in purchasing some beans . I’m a farmer in homestead Florida

  • BTW, the whole 2 acres were planted with less than a pound of beans.

  • Tim Westerman

    I wonder if you can help / advise me. I live in Thailand and have a (very) large farm which l intend to grow the Mucuna / velvet bean.
    I am a little confused about the cooking / eating of these beans – without the cooking process destroying all the beneficial qualities.
    Do l boil the old seeds or the whole young seed pod? If l roast them and grind them for “coffee” – will l still get the natural health benefits? I would hate to cook them and reduce or remove the beneficial / medicinal qualities.
    I am also wondering about possible export. Do you think there is still a market for fresh beans?
    Thank you in anticipation.

    • David The Good

      Hi Tim,

      I cook the entire pod when the seeds have swollen inside but the pod hasn’t begun to dry out. Eating more than a few beans at a time is not recommended, however. They’re supposed to be more toxic raw. Dry seeds have the highest toxicity. A friend experienced headaches after eating more than a handful of cooked green beans. The young pods are probably too leathery to eat. The best use for them, other than as a testosterone/mood enhancer, I believe, is as a “green manure.” They fix a lot of nitrogen.

      Good luck – wish I had more information for you.

  • Humphrey Mwasimbi

    Hi ?. I become a bit sad to read that mucuna beans are not edible as usual beans. One of my friend sent me a kilo of mucuna seeds which i had a plan to plant in my small farm.I was told my fried that MUCUNA works better in improving soil fertility. After googling , i found the grain is so reach in various benefits yet is said to be toxic to human consumptions as normal beans !.I ‘m very interested to grow in a large scale ,since it seems simple to grow it !.Apart from improving my land, i wanted it to make it as source of income .
    Now from you , i wanted to know the following :
    1. Where to get the market if i produce a large quantity .
    2. How to process the grain in family scale to maximize the crop utility ?.

  • Hi!
    I just got “traditional sri Lankan seeds ” and they are called velvet bean as well. So I suppose the growing conditions for Sri Lanka will be similar to yours ?

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