Blue Bean or Blue sausage fruit produces a sweet tasting pulp with a very mild, delicate taste similar to a mulberry. It is consumed in China where it is called Wu-yueh-kua-teng. You peel it like a bean eating the flesh around the seeds. In the Akebia family, Blue Bean is a small shrub or perennial that grows best in part shade in good moisture retentive soil. Under the right conditions it will grow into a shrub up to 8 ft. tall and wide looking a lot like an elderberry plant. It can be grown as an edge woodland plant in dappled shade or full sun. Seedlings will grow fast after transplanting and create a long lived root system.Very easy to grow in a variety of climates from zone 5 to 10. It is self fertile.
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|Genus & Species||Decaisnea fargesii|
|Hardiness||-15 to -20 F|
|Pollination Requirements||Self fertile as far as we know.|
|Soil||High organic or rocky soil. Not particular but likes moisture.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Very very easy to grow. Unknown in terms of yields. May be more of an edible oddity in some ways. Grows like an elderberry bush.|