Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalis
Prolific long red beans make the best stir fry. Gorgeous in edible landscapes.
Ever try making stir fried green beans just like your favorite Chinese restaurant but they don't turn out quite right? Perhaps you aren't using the right species of bean! Chances are you were using Phaseolus vulgaris in a preparation meant for yard long beans. This legume has long, slender pods that reach about 18" long (Sesquipedalis means half-yard). When picked young and slender, they can be cut and prepared into a variety of delectable dishes, from blackened Cajun beans to the aforementioned Chinese stir-fried green beans.
Art Pack, 50 seeds
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Red Noodle Bean | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Heirloom Seeds
Days to Germination 3-7 days Days to Maturity 80 days Planting Depth 1 inch Spacing in Row 4 inches Spacing Between Rows 36 inches Height at Maturity 72 inches Width at Maturity 6 inches
Direct sow once soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Provide sturdy support: noodle beans grow vigorously and climb tall (8 ft. or more). After plants flower, watch closely: they swell quickly and should be harvested when pencil thin. Keep harvesting to increase pod production. Makes a superior fried or blackened bean, but can be disappointing as a steamed bean. When fried, they crinkle and become amazingly succulent. Very frost sensitive: best planted 100+ days before first fall frost.
Art by Ann Marie Gillett. Ann Marie has worked in a variety of ways throughout her career. Fabric design, illustration for children’s publications, gourd vessels, and printmaking have been areas of interest while simultaneously teaching art to pupils who have ranged from pre-school level to graduate studies. She currently teaches at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island while also working in her studio, which overlooks 12 acres of woods and fields. Her grown daughters are Lily and Jasmine and she has a new granddaughter, Ivy. As you might surmise, her affinity for growing things inspires more than her artwork!
From the Artist: "One often hears about “process” being important to an artist. The journey from idea to a completed work has a trajectory that can sometimes be direct, but often takes detours. Flexibility in how you react to your work is necessary and compels creativity to guide your path. Anyone involved with growing something-- whether a houseplant, vegetable garden, or on a large agricultural scale, knows that unexpected things arise and that you must react and adapt to circumstances while what you tend grows to fruition. That connection between growing something organic and developing a piece of art seems natural to me and is why making art and gardening have always been a part of my life. For the past several years I have been making collage images using artist tape that is painted with gradations of color, patterns and other variations. These strips of tape become the palette from which I make my work. Red noodle beans were the variety chosen for me to illustrate. This selection is a plant that climbs upward while sending down long pods, a push-pull concept I recently used for my work “Gravity’s Garden.” One of the pleasures I find in gardening is watching a germinated seed initially reach for the sun, and then in the plant’s waning days, fall back to return to its beginning in the soil. I collaged this bean climbing a trellis while sending down long graceful pods hoping to capture the grace of these opposing forces."
Medium: painted tape collage