Known as the yardlong bean, bora, long-podded cowpea, asparagus bean, snake bean, or Chinese long bean. Despite common name, the pods are actually only about half a yard long; the subspecies name sesquipedalis (one-and-a-half-foot-long) is a rather exact approximation of the pods’ length.
This plant is of a different genus than the common bean. It is a vigorous climbing annual vine. The plant is subtropical/tropical and most widely grown in the warmer parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and southern China. A variety of the cowpea, it is grown primarily for its strikingly long (35-75 cm) immature pods and has uses very similar to that of the green bean. The many varieties of yardlong beans are usually distinguished by the different colors of their mature seeds.
White Skin Bai-Long 白龍白皮長菜豆
- Light green skin, beans are ~16 inches long.
- Very productive and easy to grow.
- Tender and tasty.
Dark Green Qing-Long 青龍青皮長菜豆
- Long, dark green beans are ~16 inches long.
- Strong, very productive with high yields.
- Easy to grow.
Triple Play Edamame 日本毛豆
- Excellent variety with predominately 3 seeds per pod.
- Dark green color with white pubescence.
- Productive and high yielding.
Fava Bean 蠶豆
- Mid early maturity, large seed size.
- Deep green color.
- Prolific yielder.
- Rich green colored beans are slender and long, 15~18 inches long.
- Seeds are slow to develop so pods stay smooth.
- Thrives in heat, but sets better in cool or drier weather than similar varieties.
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