Long Beans (长豆) … but how long?

I’ve always called them Long Beans or 长豆 (zhǎng dòu) until coming to the US and heading to Asian produce stores only to see them being called Yard Beans. Now I use both terms though I’m still not sure how the term “Yard Beans” came about. Is it because it’s usually grown in people’s back yards or is it meant to grow to a yard (91.44cm) in length.

Not a yard in length  :(

Not a yard in length

I’ve grown this for a few years now and each season watch carefully, in case I do get one which is 1 full yard in length ~ so far, in vain.

almost 2ft

almost 2ft

Oh well, it grows easily during Florida’s spring and summer in half-shade, needs a trellis and has good vegetable protein. So …

Long beans goes well in fried rice!

Long beans goes well in fried rice!

These will be cut into ½ inch lengths and then into my wok contributing to this afternoon’s lunch.

Readers should try growing this too as they are decorative while edible and grow well in pots.

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