Moth bean

Moth bean

The moth bean (pronounced "moat bean"), also called mat bean or Turkish gram, is a small, drought-resistant annual trailing herb with small yellow flowers and deeply lobed leaves, grown especially in dry parts of South Asia for its tiny (3-4 mm) edible beans, which range in color from light brown to dark reddish brown.

Vigna aconitifolia has been given the Trade Name 'Fibroplastyl' by cosmetics firm L'Oreal. In a letter to shareholders (see link below) dated March 2008 the firm expounded the supposed beauty benefits of the plant. To date, L'Oreal have not publicly named 'Fibroplastyl' as 'V aconitifolia', but will do so by email if queried.

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