Bitter bean or stink bean is large tree (30 meter tall) of which the beans are used in Indonesian dishes. It belongs to the legume family (Fabaceae). The big, flat beans are inside long, often twisted pods.
Stink beans are also used in several other South East Asian countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, southern Thailand, Burma) and in north-eastern India. They have a strong smell and give a special aroma to the food in which they are used.
Twisted cluster bean
Did you know that?
- Bitter bean contains amino acids that give a strong smell to your urine. This smell can last for up to two days after eating the beans.