Winged beans in Zaire
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CTA. 1990. Winged beans in Zaire. Spore 29. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A Belgian agronomist and author,Jean-Pierre Hallet, has introduced the South-East Asian winged bean into Zaire.
A Belgian agronomist and author,Jean-Pierre Hallet, has introduced the South-East Asian winged bean into Zaire. A native of Papua New Guinea and SE Asia, the winged bean Psophocarpus tetragonolobus, produces the same amount of nourishment per hectare as five or six hectares of most other food crops. The leaf is rich in vitamin A and tastes like spinach; the flower tastes like mushroom, the young pod like the Asian snowpea; and in the mature pod the seeds have the same nutritional value as the soyabean. The tuber contains two to four fumes the protein of a potato. Furthermore, the winged bean is drought resistant, grows easily, fixes nitrogen and grows in a small space. The bean can be made into stews, soups or porridge, and can be used as a substitute for miso, soya paste, popcorn or tempeh (a fermented soybean cake). Jean-Piere Hallet introduced the bean to the Efe pygmies of Zaire in 1981, and in i 587 won the US Presidential End Hunger Award Scientists are currently working on making the bean more suitable for use all over Africa by adapting it to crop regularly twice a year, and to thrive by standing on its own without stakes. Dr J Maud Kordylas Food Research Institute PO M20, Accra, GHANA Paulus - Departement de biologie Faculte des Sciences Campus Univesitaire de Zaire Kinshasa, ZAIRE