Chinese Long Beans
USA or Mexico, depending on availability
Chinese long beans (aka yardlong beans, snake beans, yard beans, asparagus beans or dow gok) are as thin as a pencil and can grow up to 18 inches in length. Their flavor is fairly similar to that of the conventional American green bean, but their texture is chewier. Most commonly associated with the cuisines of SE Asia (particularly Thailand) and south China, they’re also eaten in Africa.
Long beans provide vitamins A, E and C as well as iron.
Wrap yard-long beans in plastic wrap and store them in your refrigerator.
Up to a week.
RECIPES & TIPS
Yard long beans can be eaten raw or cooked in stir fries, cooked salads, braises or stews. They’re also delicious deep-fried. To prepare long beans, first chop off both ends, then cut them into more manageable lengths (how long depends on your recipe, but we recommend six inches or shorter).
Possible flavor pairings include ginger or galangal root, spicy chilies (particularly Thai chilies or japones chilies), fermented black beans/black bean paste, garlic, soy sauce, tamarind and coconut milk.