|Coral Pea Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Hardenbergia violacea|
|Origin||It is native to Australia, growing in areas from Queensland to Tasmania.|
|Colors||Dark brown to black (Pod)|
|Shapes||Flattened oblong, 35 to 50 mm long (Pod)|
|Flesh colors||Olive green to brown (Seeds)|
Coral pea is an evergreen, glabrous, climbing or prostate subshrub with woody and slender stem that grows 2 meters long. Leaves are ovate-narrow-lanceolate, simple measuring 3 to 10 cm by 1 to 5 cm wide, glabrous, dark green above and grey green beneath. It is leathery with entire margin, mucronate tip and base rounded to indented. Petioles are 0.5 to 3 cm long and stipels are 1 to 2 mm long. An axillary inflorescence with 20 to 30 violet or reddish flowers. Calyx is 3 to 4 mm long having two dorsal sepals. Corolla measures 8 mm long. Flowers are followed by flattened and oblong pods which measures 35 to 50 mm long, is glabrous and dark brown to black. Each pod contains 4 to 8 seeds which are reinform, olive green to brown, strophiolate measuring 2.5 to 3 mm.
How to Eat
- Boil the leaves and use it to prepare sweet and pleasant beverage.
- Flowers are also consumed.
- Allergic people should avoid it.
- Consume it in moderate amounts.