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90-100 days maturity. Lablab purpureus 'Shirohana Fujimame'. Shirohana Fujimame Hyacinth Bean. Non-GMO, Heirloom. Warm-season annual. Shirohana Fujimame beans have been grown in China for centuries, beloved for their delicious pods and drought tolerance. A popular hyacinth bean variety with white flowers, and is a beautiful tropical green-leafed climber with edible pods that are flat, thin, and curved. The vine is vigorous and needs to be supported. Hyacinth Beans require a long season to fully mature as they tend to flower in the shorter days of the fall. It can also be grown as an ornamental or ground cover. —Approx 77 seeds/oz.
Other Common Names: Bataw, seven sons, bian dou, dau vang, Egyptian bean, fujimame, ho dhambala, kacang kera, kacang koro, kulthi, lablab bean, pin dou, pin tou, bonavist bean, tseuk tau, que dou, rou dou, thua paep, and tseuktau.
How to Grow Shirohana Fujimame Hyacinth Beans
Sow seeds in the early summer, well after the last frost, in a warm, sunny location. The soil should be moist during germination. However, cold, wet soil will cause the seeds to rot before sprouting. If you are container gardening, be sure to provide a deep container for Hyacinth Beans. As the plants become established, allow the soil to dry between deep waterings. If the plants look pale throughout the season, boost them with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.
Save space and prepare for a high-quality bean harvest by training Shirohana Fujimame beans to climb a sturdy trellis. After the harvest, leave the roots in the ground to decompose and release nitrogen into the soil for next year's crops. Most Oriental gardening books will list these as just Lablab Beans.
Harvesting Shirohana Fujimame Hyacinth Beans
Harvest young pods continually as they become ready. Gently clip off the pods at the base of the stem.
Young pods can be sliced or used whole. Always cook hyacinth beans well before eating. Hyacinth beans naturally have cyanogenic glucoside (a plant compound that contains sugar and produces cyanide).
Boil or steam the hyacinth beans until just tender. Drain off the liquid and toss the beans in a vinaigrette with diced onion, torn crisp lettuce, chopped hard-boiled eggs, grated parmesan cheese, olives, and fresh herbs. It creates a delicious Italian-inspired bean salad that will have everyone asking for more!
Tips From Our Gardeners
“The beautiful Longwood Gardens in Philidephia occasionally use Lablab Bean varieties such as this one as a purely ornamental spectacle. The Shirohana Fujimame Hyacinth Bean is breathtaking in the garden and the kitchen.”
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