Easy, unusual asparagus beans
publication date: Jun 1, 2014
Asparagus beans offer something new and different in summer and fall. They will draw lots of attention in your CSA bags or at market. They can add color and shape to stir-fries. Asparagus beans are widely grown in Asia: they are called Dow Gauk in China, Dau-dau in Vietnam and Sasage in Japan. Asparagus beans, also known as Yard-long Beans, Long Beans, or Snake Beans, are in the genus Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis, more closely related to southern peas/cowpeas than to green beans. Sesquipedalis translates as “a foot and a half” or more literally “a half and a foot”. Compared to cowpeas, though, they are much taller and much more vigorous climbers.
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