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Seriously Asian: The Yardlong Bean

During the summer, yard-long beans are sold in abundance at your Asian grocer, and if you've always assumed they're not so different from the common green bean, think again. The common green bean grows from a plant producing edible beans, whereas yardlong beans grow on climbing vines. Like the green bean, yard-long beans are the immature pods of these vines, growing rapidly in warm climates such as Southeast Asia. The pods can grown many inches in one day; the average length is anywhere between one and one and a half feet long. More

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