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Dolichos pruriens.
Common name
Cowhage, cowitch, kaw ai, kratzbohnen, nescafe, ojo de venado, sea beans, true sea-bean, velvet bean.
Fabaceae / Legume family.

Nescafe is a climbing woody vine (liana) from the rainforest in Suriname with purple flowers.
The species Mucuna sloanei (horse eyes - or hamburger bean), has beautiful yellow flowers and is almost identical with Mucuna pruriens.
These flowers are pollinated by bats.
Mucuna pruriens The seed pods, about 4 inches long, are covered with very small velvety hairs that can be very painful on contact with the skin. The seeds resemble the eye of a bull; they are often collected and made into lovely necklaces and bracelets.
The seeds in the pods are rich in amino acid L dopa. This is precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
It is applied to patients suffering from Parkinson disease.
L Dopa stimulates human growth hormone (HGH) released by the pituitary gland. Mucuna pruriens increases testosterone levels. Nescafe is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and also used as an aphrodisiac. It increases libido and boost testosterone release in both men and women.
The toasted ground seeds are used as a coffee substitute in Brazil; the young pods are cooked and eaten in India.

Mucuna pruriens Suriname's traditional medicine
The burned seeds are used as an ointment against swollen glands.

USDA zone 9B - 11.
Full sun / light shade, needs high humidity.

Mucuna pruriens Mucuna sloanei Mucuna pruriens germinating Mucuna pruriens vine Mucuna sloanei flower Mucuna sloanei flower

Item Description Unit Price Quantity

Mucuna pruriens seeds 1 packet (50 seeds) US$ 22.00
Mucuna pruriens seeds 1 packet (100 seeds) US$ 40.50
Mucuna sloanei seeds 1 packet (50 seeds) US$ 22.00
Mucuna sloanei seeds 1 packet (100 seeds) US$ 40.50

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