Farmers Market Find: Chinese Long Beans

updated May 12, 2022
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Check out these beautiful, curling beans! They almost look like they should go into a bouquet rather than a skillet, don’t you think? Have you ever cooked with these beans?

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Variously called snake beans, yardlong beans, or asparagus beans,

Chinese long beans

In flavor, Chinese long beans are very similar to the common backyard green bean most of us grew up eating. I find that they hold up better to cooking, staying crisper and more firm even after being simmered in a broth or reheated.

They’re also easier to prepare than green beans. For Chinese long beans, I just trim off the root end and chop them into bite-sized pieces (or use kitchen shears!). The long length means that I can just line up a whole handful and chop them from one end to the other without pausing.

I’m planning to use this bunch in a batch of coconut-infused Thai curry. Future bunches will most certainly find their way into some of these dishes:

What’s your favorite way to cook long beans?

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