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Scientific Name: Lablab purpureus
Alternative Names: Lablab-bean, Egyptian kidney bean, Bataw and Australian pea

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Lablab purpureus
Lablab purpureus
Lablab purpureus


  • Annual
  • Lablab or hyacinth bean is a warm-season annual legume that originated from Africa.
  • It can grow up to 2m and is a vigorous, twining or trailing legume with purple stems, trifoliate leafs and white, pink, or purple flowers.
  • Lablab is drought tolerant once established and capable of extracting soil water from at least 2 metres depth.
  • It does not like wet soil conditions, is tolerant of high temperatures and able to grow at low temperatures (down to 3°C) for short periods.
  • Lablab is cultivated throughout the tropics for food, as forage for livestock and as an ornamental plant.
  • ivestock is strongly attracted to LabLab’s large, succulent leaves which are an excellent source of protein and phosphorus.

Culinary Uses

  • Leaves - eaten raw/cooked like spinach.
  • Flowers and immature pods - used as a vegetable.
  • The root can be boiled or baked for food.
  • The seeds are used to make tofu and tempeh.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Cooked Hyacinth beans without salt provides 227 calories per 1 cup of 194 grams - it contains B vitamins, 111.13% of iron, 73.56% of copper and 50.27% of Zinc, 159 mg of magnesium, 233 mg of phosphorus, 15.79 g of protein and 78 mg of calcium.
  • It is antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, tonic, aphrodisiac, hypocholesterolemic, galactagogue, has antispasmodic properties and is an appetite suppressants.
  • Can tonify the spleen and stomach, stop diarrhoea, leucorrhoea with reddish discharge, infantile malnutrition and is anti-cancer.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Forage for livestock.
  • Excellent source of protein and phosphorus.
  • Can be
  • used for green manure.

Other Uses

  • The distinctive long-lasting pods are suitable for cut stems for the cut flower industry.
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