One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pea plant which has edible cylindrical pods with four longitudinal wavy flanges.
Tetragonolobus or 'Lotus' purpurea, family Leguminosae
- ‘The asparagus pea is indigenous to the Mediterranean region of Europe and the Near East, but now cultivated in Western Europe almost exclusively as a connoisseur's vegetable.’
- ‘Also known as asparagus pea or goa bean, the winged bean is a native of Papua New Guinea, and is fairly common on Southeast Asian and British tables.’
- ‘They can solve the problem of early frost by cultivating asparagus peas in containers and moving them inside to a greenhouse or sunny bay window to complete maturation.’
- ‘Cover and cook for one minute, then uncover and add the asparagus peas or mangetouts.’
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