Snake Bean (standard Green)

Other Names
Yardlong Bean
Basic Growing Tips
Grows in most soil conditions, Best grown in warmer conditions, Don't over feed - moderate fertiliser only, Grows best in full sun, Heirloom variety
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The snake bean is a typically Asian bean variety which main growing feature is its length sometimes attaining several feet and that's why it's also called the yardbean or metre bean.

It grows in most soils and doesn't need to be over fertilised as it gets nitrogen from the air; however, it does help to not overwater especially during germination otherwise the seed can rot.

The plant really needs to be grown on a trellis or up a wigwam and can a good few metres high allowing for the long pods to hang down freely without touching the ground.

The bean tastes pretty much the same as a regular bean and besides looking spectacular when cooked and served whole

I like to pick snake beans when slightly on the immature side and not left to grow too long (unless keeping for seed) otherwise eating quality does suffer slightly.

Beans are smaller than a regular runner bean and are not usually harvested to eat but the beans and pod together are excellent chopped in salads or cooked and spectacular cooked whole and served as is curled on a plate for a unique vegetable side.

I got my very first snake bean seeds from my barber who grows them in his garden so it was a nice surprise to come away with a haircut and a fist full of snake beans. :)

Latest reviews

Pros: Easy to grow, Fast and good producer. Seed stores well.
Cons: Gets tough to eat if left to grow too long.
I have always had great success with these beans. Only takes a few beans left to grow to full length, and die on the vine to create next years crop. Very prolific producer, and very tasty! I like to use a sturdy bean tee-pee structure with many poles to support them, and keep the vines separate for as long as I can. Got mine from a friend, and never had to buy. I grow lots every year!
Pros: They are easy to grow, huge harvests, black aphids don’t phase them.
Cons: Need a trellis, unless you have a bush variety, and they may attract fruit beetles(at least in my garden.)
These are amazing in stir-fries and curries. Easy to throw in the wok with a bit of peanut oil, garlic, ginger and oyster sauce for a fast side dish. Great with ping tung aubergine stir fried and with tofu added to the aforementioned side dish for a main dish over rice. We have grow these several times. I just found a bush type that I’m trying out this year. Can’t wait to see how they do.

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