Last time I was down in Ft. Lauderdale, my Thai aunt-in-law showed me a really cool bean plant in her garden:
That’s a heck of a bean pod, isn’t it? That’s called a “jackbean.”
She cooks the young pods in stir-fries and boils the green beans, once shelled, as a vegetable.
However, she tells me the mature dry jackbeans are poisonous (and the internet backs this up) so they’re good only for planting.
And… joy of joys… she had saved a mature pod for me!
I can’t wait to see how these things grow. They’re really a monstrous bean and look pretty darned awesome in the garden.
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I'm growing jack beans I got from a guy in Australia. They seem to grow pretty well with little care. But damn man velvet beans can grow!