By far the most fascinating plants growing in the garden, my kaleidoscopic assortment of long beans (Vigna unguiculata) purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company just happens to be the most productive of them all this year. Proudly standing at over six feet tall, these vigorous vines have already produced a minimum of five pounds of produce despite the unseasonably cool temps we have been dealt in the HV this summer.
Tiny lilac hued flowers reminiscent of Irises transform into the vibrantly colored bean pods that are the unmistakable pride of these vines and the stunning showstoppers of passers~by.
On display against the hunter green foliage are a perfect mix of red, pink mosaic and green long beans all started from seed with some reaching lengths in excess of two feet! Their regal suspension seemingly mid-air is continually the topic of conversation amongst my visiting friends and family who have been enamored by the sheer beauty of what they refer to as common beans.
Their beauty and mild sweet taste takes on double duty in a raw state, adding loads of visual interest to salads while packing on a hefty dose of nutritional value. Introduced to heat, the pink mosaic tends to lose its color while the red variety may take on a darker hue but it is no denying that they assist in the task of bringing a scrumptious meal together.
Growing up in Trinidad, the green long bean also known locally as bodi, holds exclusivity on the island as the only type being grown. However fate would have it that I would encounter these additional two varieties to add even more culinary interest to my ever expanding foodtastic life. Thank you fate!