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Scientific Name: Vigna unguiculata subsp sesquipedalis

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Vigna unguiculata subsp sesquipedalis
Vigna unguiculata subsp sesquipedalis


  • Annual
  • A vigorous climbing annual that begins to produce within 60 days after sowing.
  • It bears slender, rich green round pods, ranging from 40 to 70 cm long and hang in pairs.
  • Yard long Beans are subtropical/tropical plants and are widely grown in Southeastern Asia, Thailand and Southern China.
  • Orient Wonder is superior to similar varieties for its flavor and ability to grow in a wide range of conditions.
  • Although it thrives in warm humid areas, it sets fruit better in cool or drier weather.
  • It must be trained to climb a vertical support and the pods must be harvested while still smooth and tender, about the diameter of a knitting needle/pencil and 35 - 45cm long.
  • In warmer climates yard long beans need to be harvested daily because they can grow up to 10cm a day.
  • We are situated between Pretoria and the Hartbeespoortdam - I found that I can harvest every second day.
  • Prepare fertile, well-drained soil and direct sow seeds in spring/ early summer - after the last frost.
  • Needs a warm, sunny position and keep keep soil moist.

Culinary Uses

  • The crisp, tender pods can be eaten fresh or cooked.
  • They can be cut into short sections and is best cooked in oil as a stir-fry, sautéed or deep fried - or used in cooked salads.

Parts Used

  • The beans - best if picked for culinary use when they are young and slender - before they reach full maturity.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Good source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, potassium, folate, magnesium and manganese.
  • In a serving size of 100 grams of yard long beans there are 47 calories, 0 grams of total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium (0% daily value), 8 grams of total carbohydrates (2% daily value), and 3 grams of protein (5% daily value).
  • There is also 17% DV vitamin A, 2% DV iron, 31% DV vitamin C, and 5% DV calcium.
  • (Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Individual daily values may be higher or lower depending on individual calorie needs.
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