Grow Yard-Long Beans for a Colorful Change of Pacecomments (8) October 26th, 2010
I planted yard-long beans on a whim this year, and I wasn't sorry. The seeds went in the ground late, around mid-July, but there was plenty of time for the vines to grow up their trellis and produce a late-season crop. The variety I grew was Red Noodle from Pinetree Seeds, and true to their name, the beans are dark reddish purple. They tend to grow in pairs from lavender flowers, arcing down in an attractive curve.
Yard-long beans have many names (Asian beans, Chinese beans, long beans, and asparagus beans) and many varieties. but the vines grow just like other pole beans. Plant them a couple of inches apart and an inch or so deep. They'll need a trellis, teepee, or fence to grow on. You can grow them in partial shade, but they'll take a tad longer to mature.
Red Noodle beans are long, skinny, and dense. They have a nutty flavor that's perfect for stir-fries, and they also are good just boiled or steamed.
Sources for yard-long bean seed:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Kitazawa Seed Company
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