The snake bean is a typically Asian bean variety which main growing feature is its length sometimes attaining several feet and that's why it's also called the yardbean or metre bean.
It grows in most soils and doesn't need to be over fertilised as it gets nitrogen from the air; however, it does help to not overwater especially during germination otherwise the seed can rot.
The plant really needs to be grown on a trellis or up a wigwam and can a good few metres high allowing for the long pods to hang down freely without touching the ground.
The bean tastes pretty much the same as a regular bean and besides looking spectacular when cooked and served whole
I like to pick snake beans when slightly on the immature side and not left to grow too long (unless keeping for seed) otherwise eating quality does suffer slightly.
Beans are smaller than a regular runner bean and are not usually harvested to eat but the beans and pod together are excellent chopped in salads or cooked and spectacular cooked whole and served as is curled on a plate for a unique vegetable side.
I got my very first snake bean seeds from my barber who grows them in his garden so it was a nice surprise to come away with a haircut and a fist full of snake beans.
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Snake Bean (standard Green)
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