They grow on a vine that climbs 10 to 60 feet (3 to 18 metres), and produces first white or purple flowers in clusters, the pods grow in clusters as well. The pods have hairs on then that can irritate the skin and cause itching,
The seeds inside are black and white. They can be cooked as a vegetable, or roasted and can be used as a coffee substitute.
Cow-Itch Beans are used in West African, Central American and Indian cooking.
Cow-Itch Beans can interact with certain medications and health conditions.
Cow-Itch Beans are occasionally referred to as Ukpo. The dish of the same name is named after it. They are also sometimes called “Nescafé”, perhaps because of their use as a coffee substitute.