INTRODUCTION TO LESSER KNOWN
VEGETABLES AND FRUIT SPECIES OF KERALA
Common Name:- Clove Bean
Botanic Name:- Ipomoea muricata
Malayalam Name:- Nithya Vazhuthina
Clove bean is a crop can be grown throughout the year Hence it is called 'Nithya Vazhuthana' in Malayalam. It is a vine plant with small bunches of fruits. Tender fruits are used for cooking. The fruit are with long pedicels and swollen tips like bulb. The is vegetable was popular until few years ago.New generation is not really familiar with this vegetable.
|Clove bean flower|
Clove bean are all season crop which does not require specific method for cultivation. The seeds @ 6-7 kg/ha are planted at a spacing of 1.0 x 0.6 m. There is no serious pest or disease incidence in the crop. Average yield is 5-6 t/ha. The plant doesn't require any special care providing bio fertilizers and irrigation would help to increase yield .It will start flowering after 2 months from the time of planting and continue to produce fruits for longer period.
The fruits contain fibre, vitamin C, potassium and calcium.
Powdered clove bean are known remedy to fever. Plants juice is sprayed to kill bugs.
Tender fruits are used for cooking. The fruits are prepared into tasty curries as brinjal.