My husband’s co-worker gave me some seedlings for the Yardlong Bean or Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis. I had never heard of this particular variety before so I did some research online. This is a different genus than the common bean. It’s a vigorous climbing tropical or subtropical annual vine that is found in Southeastern Asia, Thailand and Southern China. The pods get to be only about half a yard long and hang in pairs. They are best when picked young to eat in stirfries, cooked salads or chopped into cubes to fry in an omelette. I will have to find a place to plant them soon. I’m thinking another plastic tub and inverted tomato cage such as I did with my other beans which you can read about here if you missed that post.
Another bean that I’m growing for the first time this season is this Purple Podded bean that I ordered from Park Seed and you can see a photo of here. Sorry I didn’t get a better photo of this fast germinating bean. I love the purple veining on the leaves and purple stems. Hope the beans taste as good as they look in the picture. It’s fun to try new things along with some old favorites. Today I noticed that my Kentucky Wonder beans are begining to emerge too. Can’t wait to harvest my first crop of beans, wonder which ones will be ready first?