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Amazing Sea Beans

Posted by Administrator on 6/14/2013

Amazing Sea Beans are seeds of the Monkey Ladder Vine, which grow in Central America, South America and Africa. It has the largest seed pod in the world and is the most famous of all sea beans. There are about a dozen species of this tree. It is also known as the "Hamburger Bean".

The seeds fall out of the pod onto the forest floor then they are washed into streams, then rivers and then out to sea. They travel thousands of miles from their jungle home and wash up all around the world and on our Southeastern Beaches.

How many times have you gone to the beach searching for sea shells and never even noticed these little gems? I can tell you from experience, they can be found, but they are far and few between...

If you are lucky enough to find one, it may be a Brown Hamburger Bean, or even a Red Hamburger Bean. It has a rather dull exterior, but if you are feeling froggy you can polish it up. It only takes about five hours of non-stop sanding, and voila, you now have a truly amazing piece!!

They are said to be carried as symbols of good luck, longevity and endurance and used medicinally by the natives.

The environment is not harmed by the harvesting of sea beans :-)

 Amazing Sea Beans

 June 2013