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Pea, Winged

Leguminosae, Fabaceae Tetragonolobus purpureus Moench

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is an annual trailer, with broad, ovate bean-like leaves. Pods are 2 to 3 inches long, somewhat rectangular in cross section, fleshy when immature. Winged pea is grown for the edible pods, and for the seeds, which are roasted as a substitute for coffee. Exposure is similar to that of snap or field beans. There are no data on production in the U.S., but it is very slight.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch