The scientific name for asparagus beans is Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis, which is a legume cultivated to be eaten as green pods. It is also known as the
Despite the common name, the pods are actually only about half a yard long; the subspecies name sesquipedalis (one-and-a-half-foot-long) is a rather accurate approximation of the pods' length.
This plant is of a different genus from the common bean. It is a vigorous climbing annual vine. The plant is subtropical/tropical and most widely grown in the warmer parts of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and southern China.
Their sweet and mild flavor resembles a mixture of asparagus, mushrooms, and beans, or black-eyed peas.
You don’t really need very big containers.
If you choose the direct sowing method:
They are a good source of:
I hope you give these a try. You will find that they are easy to grow, and very delicious. You will be replacing regular green beans with asparagus beans, whenever these are available.
© 2017 Gina Welds Hulse
Jack Burton from The Midwest on July 27, 2020:
Being married to a Filipina, yard-long beans have always been an important part of the garden. Be careful, though, because the rabbits do love them also.
The taste is similar more to a black eye pea than a green bean, as it is closely related to them. They really are easy to grow, and require nothing more than ordinary climbing beans would. We usually let the last few dry on the vine, and that is where we get our seeds for the next year.
There are several varieties of the beans, and my wife has a preference for one over the other as there is a distinct difference. So, if you don't quite like the one you tried, go for the different one. I can't give you the details as my wife is the true expert.
Alice Keith on February 27, 2019:
Great information and exactly what I was looking for! I’ve recently started gardening and sowing from seed in order to economically feed my growing family. I’ll definitely be checking out what else you’ve got to say about all things gardening!
Ellen on February 25, 2019:
Thanks this is a great article! I saw these things for the first time in a Asian market and was totally fascinated. When I came across a packet of seeds at the local Lowe’s you can imagine my excitement!
You answered EVERY question in this article it was very thorough and easy to follow unlike so many others
Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on September 09, 2018:
I bought some from Lowes. If you have a Lowes or other similar store in your area, you could check there. You can also order some from Amazon. I hope that helps.
[email protected] on September 08, 2018:
I am in Bc,Canada and want to buy some beans where can I purchase some,thx
Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on February 10, 2018:
Hi ArmedCandy. Thanks for stopping by. The details are in the videos, Parts 1 and 2. I think they should do fine in Las Vegas. I am in 9B so they should do fine where you are. I do not plant every two weeks as they produce constantly for nearly two months or more. I plant in the fall as well as the Spring. I start in egg cartons and transplant the seedlings when they are about 6 inches high and giving off their first climber. Check out the videos in the article. I put lots of details there.
Armedcandy on February 09, 2018:
Excellent article. I signed up just to let you know I found it very informative and great to read.
Question: will asparagus bean do well in Las Vegas? I think I’m zone 9.
Also you replant/germinate every two weeks? Can you go into detail. Do you plant next to the trellis, start a new trellis. How does that work?
Great job I am inspired to get started!
Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 28, 2017:
Thanks for your feedback, and thanks for visiting. Please be aware that this hub is about asparagus beans, not asparagus. I have written another hub about growing asparagus spears, though.
Deborah Minter from U.S, California on August 27, 2017:
Good article. I love to cook with asparagus.
Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on August 14, 2017:
Hi S Maree. Thanks for stopping by, and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate that. The asparagus flavor is not very pronounced. My youngest son loves asparagus, but he does not feel that these tastes much like asparagus. He also loves green beans, but when he tried these, he preferred asparagus beans.
I am glad you find these hubs helpful. I love experimenting in the garden and sharing my results.
S Maree on August 14, 2017:
I love how well you describe the entire process! Is the flavor more like green beans or asparagus? I'm not fond enough of beans to grow them, but Sis might if the asparagus flavor isn't very pronounced. She's a green bean fanatic & raises hers in pots.
Even if she's not interested in asparagus beans, I will share your article because it has lots of good grow-in-the-pot ideas!
Looking forward to next year when I try growing tomatoes in bags of soil! Blessings to you and yours, and may your crops be bountiful!