Chinese long beans are a member of the cowpea, or black-eye pea, Fabaceae family. This slender vegetable is a bean of many names, including asparagus bean, long-podded cowpeas, snake bean, yard-long bean and long bean. The Chinese long bean is similar in taste to string beans, but is more limp than a string bean and can measure up to 3 feet long! It can vary in color from pale green to dark green according to the variety.
How to Select Chinese Long Beans
Choose fresh, flexible beans that are bright in color and free of blemishes. Avoid beans with swollen pods.
How to Store Chinese Long Beans
Store in the refrigerator, unwashed in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Benefits of Chinese Long Beans
Saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low in fat and sodium, an excellent source for iron, fiber, vitamin B1, folate, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc, and a good source of calcium, vitamins B2 and B6, and selenium