Asparagus Beans


Meadowlark

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Tired of the same old bean? Try some asparagus beans for some wonderful variety as described by Wikipedia:

"The asparagus bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis) is a legume cultivated for its edible green pods containing immature seeds, like the green bean.
A variety of the cowpea, the asparagus bean is grown primarily for its strikingly long (35 to 75 centimetres (1.15 to 2.46 ft)) immature green pods and has uses very similar to those of the green bean. This plant is in a different genus from the common bean. The many varieties are usually distinguished by the different colors of the mature seeds. 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."

They are avid trellis climbers and produce prolific numbers of green pods from the bottom up. Very easy to harvest upright like this. The hotter it gets, the more they produce and grow:

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The primary way we use them is as a green bean replacement....my personal favorite dish is asparagus beans and new potatoes flavored with 1015 onions fresh from the garden.


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An alternate use is as a Bloody Mary swizzle stick. Just pickle the asparagus beans and after they season add to your favorite Bloody Mary drink...and you will never make a BM again without the asparagus bean. Really wonderful and extremely popular with guests.

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