Rice Bean

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Binomial Name Vigna umbellata (prev. Phaseolus calcaratus)
Description Ricebean is a warm-season annual vine legume grown for it's small edible beans, which are often dried and cooked as dal. It is native to and predominantly grown in Asia. Ricebean is a member of the sub-genus Ceratotropis, which also includes Mung and Adzuki Beans. In addition to being a minor food crop, it is also grown as animal fodder and green manure. The plant has trifoliate leaves and bright yellow flowers. Seed pods are 6-8mm long and cylindrical. Ricebean's ideal temperature range is 18-37°C and it needs 60-150cm of water per season, which is provided by monsoons in it's native habitat. Harvest in the morning when 80% of the pods have turned brown.
Sun Requirements Full Sun
Growing Degree Days
Sowing Method Direct seed outdoors using seed drill or broadcast
Spread (diameter)
Row Spacing 30 centimeters
Height 100 centimeters

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