The wing bean is a climbing herbaceous legume and although all parts of the plant are edible, it is grown mostly for its green pods and beans. Wing bean seeds (or WBS) have a nutritional value similar to that of soybeans containing about 30-32% of protein and 16% of oil. They are also high in phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and B-vitamins. It was also found WBS have hypotensive properties and may contribute to the cardio-vascular health due to high content of monounsaturated oleic acid. Wing beans are relatively hard to cook and just like soybeans they should be heat treated to eliminate any anti-nutritional factors like the trypsin inhibitor which hampers digestion. By presoaking the beans in a soda & salt solution this may reduce the cooking time.
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