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Mucuna Pruriens (white strain)
Also known as: Velvet Bean, Cowitch, Nescafé
Here is a tropical climber that has both beautiful flowers and to many uses to list here.
The plant is an annual and is indigenous to tropical regions with long vines that can reach over 15 m in length. The purple and white flowers hang in long racemes. When the plant is young, it is almost completely covered with fuzzy hairs on the foliage and seed pods that will cause extreme itchiness on contact, but when older, it will lose most of the hairs. This white strain has the same exact flowers as the Mucuna Pruriens (molted strain) which we also offer seeds to.
The seeds are high in L-dopa protein, carbohydrates, lipids, fiber, and minerals to name a few. In Central America, velvet beans have been roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute for decades, it is also cooked as a vegetable. In many parts of the world, it is used as an important forage, fallow and green manure crop. Because it is a Legume, it fixes nitrogen and fertilizes degraded soil as well. It is gaining in popularity in the sports nutrition industry for its ability to increase testosterone and stimulate growth hormone. There is a long history of traditional use in Brazil and India as an aphrodisiac and is considered a diuretic, nerve tonic, menstrual promoter, uterine stimulant, and blood purifier.
Other treatments it has been used for are as follows: Parkinson's disease, edema, impotence, intestinal gas, worms, dysentery, diarrhea, snakebites, sexual debility, cough, tuberculosis, rheumatic disorders, muscular pain, gout, menstrual disorders, diabetes, and cancer.
* It is a powerful plant with many biological actions that should be respected. In other words. . . the belief system of some people taking herbal supplements of: "if some is good, more is better," does not apply with velvet bean. Research is highly recommended.
**This strain of M. Pruriens bean is all white and is said to have a higher content of L-dopa compared to the M. Pruriens black bean. Solid black beans also tend to have a lower germination rate and rot within the pod, ultimately producing less of a crop.
This offer is for 5 white bean seeds.
International buyers will have to email us for proper shipping costs and invoice.
Please email us when your done with your shopping cart if your purchasing multiple plants or seeds, we may need to adjust proper combined shipping costs, thank you!