Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
The Asparagus Bean, botanically similar to the black-eyed pea, is a Southern Asia native described by Linnaeus in 1763. First planted at Monticello in 1809, Thomas Jefferson wrote his son-in-law, John Wayles Eppes: "It is a very valuable [vegetable], much more tender and delicate than the snap [bean], and may be dressed in any form in which Asparagus may, particularly fried in batter, or chopped to the size of the garden pea, and dressed in the French way". Also called yardlong and Chinese long bean, this species is typically harvested when 12-15" but can also be used as a dried bean. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Direct sow seeds 4 weeks after the last spring frost and provide support. This bean tolerates many pests and diseases, as well as heat, drought, and a range of soils. Approximately 8-10 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||3/4"||Plant 4" apart, thin to 8"; rows 24" apart||60-80||5-9'H|