Dried bitter bean seeds sell but lag behind fresh beans in sales

Although medicinal dried bitter bean seeds are selling well in the market, they are not selling as well as fresh beans, according to the bean sellers’ circle.
As this is the season to sell dried bitter bean seeds, they sell well, but in the pre-Thingyan period, it was the season of fresh bitter beans, which sold better.
“Bitter beans sell well now. They are mainly delivered to Yangon. Now, the fresh beans’ season has ended, and the dried seeds’ season has begun. It is sold based on the number of cans of condensed milk. Fresh beans’ season is from January to April. The rest of the year is dried seeds’ season. Many people buy it for its medicinal properties. We deliver to Toungoo and other townships. We also sell a lot to PyinOoLwin. In the pre-Thingyan period, there was still a fresh beans market, so they sold better. In the season for dried seeds, it doesn’t sell as much as the fresh season,” said a bitter bean trader.
A piece of bitter beans costs K100 and K250, respectively, at the wholesale and retail markets in PyinOoLwin and dried seeds sell for K1,500 to K2,000 per condensed mile can.
Bitter beans or stink beans are popular in Myanmar’s neighbouring countries, such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Singapore, and India imports these beans from Myanmar every year. Recently, it has spread to the domestic market, and there are now many consumers in Myanmar.
Being green, about the size of a lablab bean, and having a similar flavour and taste to djenkol beans, bitter beans are a favourite djenkol bean substitute for some people and are mainly eaten as fries, mixed salads to go with salty sauce and main dishes with pork, prawns, tomatoes, and fish sauce. These beans are rich in protein, good fats, sugar, fibre, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper and many vitamins. — Thit Taw/ZN

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