Asparagus Green Podded Pole Bean - "The Long Bean"
A vigorous climber that begins to produce its trademark string-less long pods about 60 days after planting. Produces light-green pods in pairs, smaller diameter than black-seeded type, has red or maroon seeds with darker brown streaks when mature, popular in Asia and Japan. Pods can grow 14 - 30" long, but have the best flavor when harvested at 15 - 18". Also known as Chinese Long Bean.
Pods grow very quickly in warmer climates, less so in mild or cold ones. Highly productive and reliable variety that is excellent for home and market gardens.
Young edible pods are very crisp, tender and delicious. Unique and essential in Asian cooking, they are usually cut into short sections and stir fried, steamed or added to soups and stews. Long beans are cut into shorter sections and cooked like common green beans, used in place of string beans.
Neither a standard pea nor a bean, the cowpea belongs to a subtropical group of legumes characterized by upright bushes that bear beautiful lilac or white blossoms. Indigenous to Africa, cowpeas have been used in agriculture since ancient times. The crop spread to Europe, India and Asia more than 2,000 years ago. In southern China, a form with slender pods (asparagus bean) was developed. Cowpeas were introduced to the Southern states during the period of slave trade. Looked down on by the Southern aristocracy, they were christened with the name cowpea because they were thought fit only for animals to eat. Today, cowpeas are cherished in many cultures and the most famous is the black-eyed pea.
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We planted this with good germination, supported by bamboo tripods. Pods were nice and long and slender. Plants were trouble free but yield was low as compared to two other varieties we have grown.