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Pigeon pea plants help soil; beans make good snacks

By Heidi Bornhorst

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> My son just started at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and we were walking around the pretty tree-filled campus. We noticed a bush or small tree with what looked like eda&shy;mame. But my aka&shy;mai son said, &quot;No way, Mom. Eda&shy;mame grow on bushes, short bushes.&quot; Do you know what these might be? Do soybeans grow on trees? Or is my son the smart one? (We think so!) &mdash; Mrs. Proud Mom and Mr. Happy Dad</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Soybeans, or eda&shy;mame as we like to call them in Hawaii, do grow on bushes, and they grow well here in Hawaii. I think what you are describing is an old-fashioned plant that is becoming popular once again as people become more interested in growing their own food in home gardens, community gardens and even on the UH-Manoa campus. This sounds like gandule beans, also known as pigeon peas.</p>
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Question: My son just started at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and we were walking around the pretty tree-filled campus. We noticed a bush or small tree with what looked like eda­mame. But my aka­mai son said, "No way, Mom. Eda­mame grow on bushes, short bushes." Do you know what these might be? Do soybeans grow on trees? Or is my son the smart one? (We think so!) — Mrs. Proud Mom and Mr. Happy Dad

Answer: Soybeans, or eda­mame as we like to call them in Hawaii, do grow on bushes, and they grow well here in Hawaii. I think what you are describing is an old-fashioned plant that is becoming popular once again as people become more interested in growing their own food in home gardens, community gardens and even on the UH-Manoa campus. This sounds like gandule beans, also known as pigeon peas. Login for more...



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