Snake Bean Long – Light Green – Yardlong bean, Borboti, Bora, Chinese Long Bean
Snake Bean Long – Light Green – Yardlong bean, Borboti, Bora, Chinese Long Bean – 10 Seeds
Widely grown in the warmer parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and southern China. A variety of thecowpea, 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 crisp, tender pods are eaten both fresh and cooked. They are at their best when young and slender. They are sometimes cut into short sections for cooking uses. As a West Indian dish, they are often stir-fried with potatoes and shrimp. They are also used in stir-fries in Chinese cuisine and in Kerala cuisine. In Malaysian cuisine, they are often stir-fried with chillies and shrimp paste (belacan) or used in cooked salads (kerabu). Another popular option is to chop them into very short sections and fry them in an omelette. In Suriname cuisine they are called kousenband and served with Roti.
They are a good source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, and a very good source for vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and manganese. A serving of 100 grams of yardlong beans contains 47 calories, 0 g of total fat, 4 mg sodium (0% daily value), 8 g of total carbohydrates (2% daily value), and 3 g of protein (5% daily value).
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They are very easy to grow & easy to maintain. Best time to sow seeds after frost. Seeds need min 15°C to germinate. Soak the seeds in water for a few hours before planting and sow them in a sunny, well-drained position. Germinate in 3 weeks. Sow them between 15-20mm deep, 5-8 inches apart and 18-36 inches between rows. Enjoy your harvest in 75 days. This is a vine variety so they need some support for their vigorous produce.
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