Bean » Sword Bean Shironata Mame Canavalia gladiata This tropical Japanese cultivated bean is only harvested when the pods are young and tender. The dense, glossy green pods are flat, have a ridged edge, and taste like snap
beans. Large vines grow quickly and should be trellised.
Culinary tips: Prepare young beans as you would green beans and thoroughly cook. Delicious steamed and in stir-fries.
The sword bean (Canavalia gladiata) is a tropical plant, requiring a long season to mature seeds. Grown in India and southeast Asia, where the tender shoots and pods are used as vegetables. The mature seed is toxic, unless properly prepared. The plant likes hot and humid . Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a sunny location. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support. Harvest when 4-6 long and pods are still tender.