Yard Long Beans
Yard long beans are also known as Chinese Long Bean. It is a vigorous climbing annual plant and this plant produces long pods which range from 14 to 30 inches, 60 days after sowing. The pods hang in pairs which should be picked for vegetable uses before it is matured.
Yard long beans are widely grown in South-eastern Asia, Thailand and Southern China and it is a subtropical/ tropical plant. This plant is very interesting to grow, everyday long beans will grow, as the growth rate is very fast and grows quickly in hot climate. It is sensitive to temperature and it grows quite slow in cold and mild environment.
For best results it is recommended to rotate the planting locations every year. Within 3 to 4 years the planting shall not be repeated at the same spot. The taste of edible pod is very crisp, tender and delicious. The long beans are cut down into shorter sections and thus they can be cooked like common green beans.
They are very good source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, in addition to this it is a very good source for vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and manganese. They are at their best when they are young and slender and are mostly used in Chinese cuisine.
Following are the nutritional facts of 100 grams of yard long beans
- Energy – 196 kJ (47 kcal)
- Carbohydrates – 8 g
- Dietary fibre – 3.6 g
- Fat – 0 g
- Protein – 3 g
Following is the scientific classification of yard long beans
- Kingdom – Plantae
- Division – Magnoliophyta
- Class – Magnoliopsida
- Order – Fabales
- Family – Fabaceae
- Subfamily – Faboideae
- Genus – Vigna
- Species – V. unguiculata
- Subspecies – V. u. subsp. sesquipedalis
- Trinomial name – Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalis