I finally tasted the “Urizun” winged beans! I spent the last year growing them and harvesting the dried pods for seeds, which I then shared with other growers. I plan on tasting the dried beans once I have more plants producing, but for now, I tasted them green, all from a single harvest last week. They were great! Like green beans, but firmer, crunchier. I harvested a root as well, which I’ll be cooking up tomorrow.
I harvested 3 Chufa plants, but left the rest behind in their container. The “nuts” were huge! Much bigger than last time I grew them. The last variety (since lost) was an unnamed chufa, these guys are named selections I bought for their larger tuber size. They’re still small, but comparatively bigger. I didn’t go for a full harvest because there were very few nuts per plant, as few as two (I don’t think that had anything to do with the size). I grew them tightly packed in a container of depleted potting soil, no fertilizer, and I may have picked them early (I did see a tiny white nut forming). Perhaps it’s too late for this batch of plants, but I expect a bigger harvest next time I grow them (fertilized, of course). Varieties “Large Black” and “Reisen Aus Ghana”. I’d like to try out other varieties as well, but for now I’ll stick with these two.
Raw and stir-fried winged beans:
Chufa nuts and winged bean root: