These Red Noodle Bean seeds produce tall plants that will require a trellis to spiral up. Beans produced by these plants are very unique, reaching up to 22″ in length. However, they are best if harvested at about 18″ while the pods are smooth and tender. The color of the pods is deep red, almost purplish. They will lose some of their color when cooked. These pole beans are drought tolerant and will produce all summer long. Expect these plants to easily reach 8′ tall. You’ll love the way the beans look hanging from the trellis. Each flowering tip will produce a pair of beans.
Most notably used in the Szechwan dish ‘Dryfried Beans’ but we use them in any recipe that calls for string beans. Can be used deep fried, stir fried, or steamed. Excess harvest can be canned or frozen by cutting into 2″ lengths.
Planting Red Noodle Bean Seeds
Since beans do not transplant well, they are best sown directly in the garden 2 weeks after the last frost. Plant them at a depth of about one inch. Simply lay seeds on the surface of the soil and press down to the proper depth then cover. Keep moist until they sprout. Seeds can be soaked for 24 hours prior to planting to speed up germination. Be sure and provide a sturdy trellis to support the weight of the heavy beans. A simple tripod trellis can be made by lashing together the tops of three long bamboo poles. Beans climb by spiraling around the poles so their diameter is not a concern.
Other names for the Red Noodle beans:
asparagus bean, banor, cai dou, chang dou, chang jiang dou, chang kong tau, cheung kong tau, Chinese long bean, dau dua, dau gok, dau que, diya mekaral, dow gauk, garter bean, hamtak, jiang dou, juroku sasage mame, kacang belut, kacang panjang, kacang panjang hijau, kacang perut ayam, lobia, otok, sasage, sitao, sitaw, snake bean, tau afuk yaou, tau fug yao, thua chin, tseng dou, yard long bean.
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