Hyacinth Bean, also known as Bai Bian Dou or Lablab purpureus, is the seed of the fragrant hyacinth plant. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries in cooking for its taste and health benefits.
The Hyacinth beans are also known as Indian Beans, Calavance and Egyptian beans around the globe. Hyacinth bean plants are also planted as ornamental plants in some areas.
They are white in colour, with a hard texture and a slight odour. The seeds are usually dried and baked.
The hyacinth bean is used in curries, for adding flavour to rice dishes, especially used for preparing dishes like Akki Rotti in India. In some places, the flowers are also consumed directly.
BENEFITS MAY INCLUDE:
Can help treat vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and fever
May assist the treatment of lethargy and fatigue
Can help remove toxins from the body, especially treating alcohol and food poisoning
May help treating eczema
May assist with skin health
Can help treat Cholera
May assist with healing of sore throats and snake bites