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Canavalia Rosea or Canavalia Ensiformis or Canavalia Maritima etc.
10+ seeds of the mighty Jack bean!
Commonly known as the Bay Bean, Beach Bean, Mackenzie Bean, Seaside bean, Coastal Jackbean, Canavalia rosea, Canavalia ensiformis, Canavalia maritima and I am sure a myriad of other names that no one can agree on…
This plant is very interesting for so many different reasons.
The main use is as and edible ornamental, due to the beautiful flower of this quite spectacular native.
But not only that, its also a good vegie in its own right.
The smaller immature pods are just boiled or fried in a little butter like any other bean. Not bad at all, but the pods can be a little stringy…
The immature green pods are shelled and the beans are used just the same as broadbeans. Great in an onion gravy.
The mature pods are dried and the dark brown beans are removed and roasted for a near identical coffee substitute.
If that wasn’t enough, the dried green leaves can apparently be smoked as a relaxant much the same as traditional smoking herbs and a quick google online shows a booming trade in them.
It’s one of the main ingredients of many “blends” available these days. (Don’t smoke the plant folks, just grow it. Smoking anything is bad for your lungs.)
Traditionally an infusion was used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatism, general pain due to inflammation and bruising, skin disorders, and even aches from the common cold. Very useful native, and you still see it in the bush today from northern NSW up through Queensland, and in large parts of coastal Western Australia. I often come across patches quite far inland along creek lines, and in regrowth forest.
It’s an excellent pioneering species in poor rocky soils and is used extensively by some landcare groups in sandy beaches, dunes, and coastal scrub.
Handles any conditions really. You don’t get tougher than these guys! We start them in little pots and plant them where we have tried and failed to grow something many times before.
We have them growing up Blue gums, Iron bark and Blood wood trees, just a little hole scratched out at the base of the tree and a piece of string thrown over a branch to get them started climbing on. After about a month of care, (just a drink every couple days in the heat.) We leave them for nature to sort out.
No failures yet!
And even more importantly, it looks really really cool, the birds love the flowers and so does the Mrs!
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!