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Red Medusa?

July 6, 2014


No, Chinese red noodle beans, aka red “yard long” beans.

I believe “prolific” would adequately describe the initial yields these have delivered. Two modest bamboo bean pyramids are now well covered in the bean vines and they are providing this amount every 2-3 days right now. They will slow down a bit though once it gets really hot and the plants get through their initial burst of production.

On the vine, an eye pleasing contrast:


These are actually just a relative of the common summer cow pea and the peas themselves are pretty good fresh. This being said, the taste and texture of the pods prevent very many from making it that far in cohutt’s household.

They keep their color and do very well in a hot pan with a bit of oil. Yum.



Put together some burnout, writer’s block and some temporarily distracting medical concerns and what you end up with is 48 days without an update. Perhaps this is all behind me now and more frequent postings will be seen going forward.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Eamer permalink
    July 6, 2014 8:01 pm

    Bruce, I planted some this year (Baker Creek Seeds) up here in Prince Edward Island, but post tropical storm Arthur tore down my trellis and damaged most of them. Man, I’m pissed

    • July 7, 2014 6:05 am

      Wow. I noticed the storm track ended in your backyard. Sorry about the damage- believe me I can relate lol.

      These seem pretty tough; with your long days I predict you’ll still have plenty of beans this season.

      • Brent Eamer permalink
        July 7, 2014 6:15 am

        Gosh I hope so. The centre of the storm circulation was about 10km from my place, but we were on the wind side, up to 60mph, New Brunswick got about 8 inches of rain. Had this been September, damage would have been worse, due to warmer waters. In the spirit of Finding Nemo “Just keep sowing, just keep sowing…sowing…sowing…sowing

  2. July 6, 2014 9:54 pm

    Could they possibly taste as great as they look?

    Welcome back, I hope things go your way for a while and we see more of you here.

    • July 7, 2014 6:01 am

      Thanks. I give you partial credit for motivating me to get it together here…. glad to see you active again.
      And yes they do taste as great as they look (and I don’t consider myself a “bean person” either…)

  3. Sis permalink
    July 7, 2014 7:05 am

    Save some seed beans for me, please!

  4. Margaret permalink
    July 7, 2014 5:35 pm

    sorry to hear there has been illness in the family. Hope all is well now.
    The beans look great!

  5. Brent Eamer permalink
    July 25, 2014 3:10 pm

    Bruce, Brent here in Prince Edward Island. You were right, they have come back and just may make it. They are now starting the tendrils or feelers about a foot tall now and we had 2″ of rain yesterday and temps in the mid 80’s now for the next ten days or so. I really hope they produce

    • July 29, 2014 6:12 am

      Don’t sell them short, they have a way of sneaking up on you. I’ve frozen so many portions that I’m letting some mature enough for fresh peas.

  6. Brent Eamer permalink
    July 25, 2014 3:12 pm

    I’m overrun with volunteer dill and Red Russian Kale.

    • July 29, 2014 6:14 am

      I haven’t planted dill in a few years but 4 or 5 generations of “Mammoth” dill have popped up in the oddest places each season. This year some came up in the blueberry grid of all places.

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