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June 24, 2013

For the first time, I planted some Asian “yard long beans” this spring. I read than they should be harvested when the diameter are about that of a pencil, so after dinner this evening I picked the largest three, all approximately pencil thickness.

What a ripoff. These are only two feet at best. šŸ˜‰

Yard Long Beans

Seriously, I’m sure gardeners who are only familiar with traditional “western” pole beans shared my infatuation with the novelty of having 6 or 7 feet worth of beans to chop up after only harvesting three.

I understand that these are more suited for stir-fry/saute vs steaming/boiling, so tommorrow I’ll give it a shot @ dinner.

More here if this is a novelty to you as well:

Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

And

Seriously Asian: The Yard Long Bean

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2013 10:33 pm

    Hey, Bruce, aren’t they on the Metric system? šŸ˜‰

  2. June 24, 2013 11:20 pm

    Oh, I love long beans. I’d never tasted them before I lived in China where they are everywhere. They taste wonderful and seem to keep longer in the fridge than the standard green (French) beans as well. Sauted with a bit of garlic and butter and yum yum yum.

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