Question: What is long and green and has 4 frilly edges?
Answer: A winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus).
Also known as four-angled bean in Chinese and kacang botol in Malay (literally translated as bottle bean), the winged bean has 4 frilly winged edges and tastes like something between an asparagus and a snow pea.
I was never a big fan of this bean until I found out recently that it has many beauty and health benefits.
5 reasons why you should include winged beans in your diet.
PREVENTS PREMATURE AGEING
Winged beans help prevent premature ageing as these are packed with Vitamins A and C that work as antioxidants.
PROMOTES SKIN ELASTICITY
The high content of antioxidants present in winged beans ensures that the skin maintains its elasticity and keeps it looking young.
HELPS PREVENT NEUTRAL-TUBE DEFECTS IN NEWBORN BABIES
Winged beans are a rich source of folate, an essential component for DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.
HIGH IN PROTEIN
Winged bean seeds are also found to rival the protein quality and quantity of soybeans
RICH IN CALCIUM
Winged beans are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are important for keeping the teeth and bones strong.
|Sambal Kacang Botol|
A Malaysian recipe to share
WINGED BEANS FRIED IN SAMBAL AND DRIED SHRIMPS
10 winged beans, sliced at a slant
6 red chilies
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp belacan (shrimp paste)
3 tbsp dried shrimps
1. Place Sambal Paste ingredients into a food processor and blend to a paste.
2. Heat up 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry sambal paste until oil separates.
3. Turn up heat, add winged beans and stir fry for about a minute.
4. Plate and serve
Have you tried winged beans?