Baby Long Beans!

Remember that I told you last Friday that our beautiful Chinese long bean flowers would be turning into baby long beans this week? They are even bigger than I expected by today! (Okay, so they probably were there already on Friday, just tiny enough that I didn’t notice them.)

The “baby” long beans certainly don’t look very baby when you think about the size of a regular green bean! These are two Chinese Red Noodle Long Beans, and they are going to be that beautiful, dusky red-purple color, even as they get bigger. They will turn green with cooking, but they are fun to look at until that point. These beans are already about 6 to 8″ long, and they will probably be at least double that size when we harvest them.

I’ll have to add that to my list of things to do – finding a good recipe or two for using Chinese Long Beans!

Speaking of recipes, I did actually post the handout from last Friday’s Lunch in the Garden on Beets & Carrots. There’s a recipe featuring carrots, a recipe featuring beets, and the main recipe featured both carrots and beets! It was really tasty, so you definitely missed out on a tasty treat last Friday.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on June 28, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Your Chinese beans are awesome! You can try the glazed Chinese beans recipe or the most popular Chinese dish Zsechuan! This is a spicy on recipe with Chinese beans.

    • I’m planning to make some sort of stir-fry tonight with the beans – maybe Thai flavored with chilis, Thai basil, lemongrass, and the long beans.

  2. Those look like string beans or is it of the same kind? Those surely will give you lots of produce as they are prolific producers. You can try it boiled and buttered or have it as garnish on a fish soup or meat soup. Just be careful with your arthritis if you have one as they can aggravate it.

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