Gwar Phali F1 Hybrid, Cluster Beans - Seeds
This legume is a very valuable plant within a crop rotation cycle, as it lives in symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. In fact, agriculturists in semi-arid regions of Rajasthan follow crop-rotation and use Guar as a source to replenish the soil with essential fertilizers and nitrogen fixation, before the next crop.
Guar as a plant has a multitude of different functions for human and animal nutrition but its gelling agent containing seeds (guar gum) are today the most important use.
It comprises many essential Vitamins, namely Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folates, and rich in carbohydrates.
Common name: Cluster Beans / Guar
Height: Maximum height of up to 2–3 m.
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: Preferably in fertile, medium-textured and sandy loam soils that are well-drained because waterlogging decreases plant performance. In respect of soil acidity, guar grows best in moderate alkaline conditions (pH 7-8) and is tolerant of salinity.
Water: It requires sufficient soil moisture before planting and during maturation of seeds. Frequent drought periods can lead to delayed maturation.
Fertilizer: Nitrogen: not necessary, Phosphorus: often limiting, US: Superphosphate 200–250 kg/ha
- Climate Requirements: Guar is very drought-tolerant and sun-loving, but it is very susceptible to frost.
- Even though it can cope with little but regular rainfall, it requires sufficient soil moisture before planting and during maturation of seeds.
- Frequent drought periods can lead to delayed maturation.
- On the contrary, too much moisture during early phase of growth and after maturation lead to lower seed quality.
- Soil Requirements: Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.
- ) can grow on a wide range of different soil types.
- Preferably in fertile, medium-textured and sandy loam soils that are well-drained because waterlogging decreases plant performance.
- In respect of soil acidity, guar grows best in moderate alkaline conditions (pH 7-8) and is tolerant of salinity.
- Thanks to its taproots which are inoculated with rhizobia nodules, it produces nitrogen-rich biomass and improves soil quality.
- Soil temperature > 21 °C (optimum: 30 °C); monsoon-regions: after first rain event in June or early July Seed use: 10–30 kg/ha, biomass use: 50–100 kg/ha Row spacing: seed use: 45–60 cm, biomass use: 30–45 cm Fertilizer: Nitrogen is not necessary, Phosphorus is often limiting, Plant Protection from Weeding: young guar plants development is very susceptible to weed concurrence; well and early prepared seedbeds help to reduce weed pressure Harvest seed pods: dry, brown, 60–90 days after sowing; biomass: first lower pods turn brown.
- Weeding: young guar plants development is very susceptible to weed concurrence; well and early prepared seedbeds help to reduce weed pressure Diseases: choose disease-resistant cultivars, 2 major diseases: Alternaria cucumerina var.
- cyamopsidis and Xanthomonoas cyamopsidis Predators: Contarinia texana guar midge: rainfall or sprinkler irrigation reduce midge populations
Cluster beans are rich source of proteins, dietary fiber. it comprises many essential Vitamins, namely Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folates, and rich in carbohydrates,
It also contains minerals namely, phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium and with zero cholesterol and fats..
It contains low calories and it posses low glycemic index.
Cluster beans are being used as vegetables along with other food items like tamarind, grated coconut and tomatoes to lessen the bitter taste of cluster beans, to get health benefits.
Cluster beans also provide relief from colitis, Irritable bowel syndrome, and crohn’s disease.
Due to the presence of potassium, it improves heart health, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and lowers cholesterol levels.
Due to the presence of phosphorous and calcium, it strengthens bones and improves bone health while the presence of iron improves hemoglobin content in RBC’s and improves oxygen intake capacity of the blood, thereby improves better circulation of blood.
As it is rich in folic acid content, it can be used as best supplement vegetable food source to treat the deficiency of folic acid disorder in pregnant and lactating women.
As it posses hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties, it is considered as one of the better vegetable food source for both diabetic and hypertension patients.
- In several food and beverages guar gum is used as additive in order to change its viscosity or as fibre source.
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