Seven year bean, Madagascar or Nguni beans, a must for the garden.

Madagascar Bean, Seven year beans or also known as Nguni beans. Around 2016 I got a view seeds from Amina, the vegetable lady on the market and a view seeds from Ben that got his seeds from his grandmother.  Since then I have grown them and oho wow, this bean has just blown my mind. 

It literally lasts seven years, dies back after season and shoots back into life in spring, giving you more pods next year. Its so hardy, to kill it is very difficult, I am amazed how good it lasted throughout the Cape Town drought.

The seeds are large, colorful and i think if you have just three plants going you can feed a family beans for a very very long time. It is a must have for any garden if you serious about eating good quality beans. 

What makes them so amazing:

  1. are fast growing
  2. live for 7 years
  3. are hardy and low-maintenance
  4. are adaptable to various soils
  5. provide abundant protein – great for us!
  6. produce abundant organic matter – great for soil life!
  7. are totally edible – all parts

Madagascar beans or Seven year bean Slab of seeds Slab of seeds


Seven year beans are a vigorous, perennial tropical bean with pods that each contain 2-4 large purple speckled seeds that can be peeled and eaten raw or steamed when young or cooked as a dried bean. It grows well in hot, humid conditions. 12-15 weeks to maturity.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 
Calories 115
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0,4 g 0%
Saturated fat 0,1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0,2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 508 mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Dietary fiber 7 g 28%
Sugar 2,9 g
Protein 8 g 16%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 13%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 10%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 10%
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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