(Vigna umbellata) A recent scholarly report declared that Rice Beans are being marginalized and ignored . Part of the problem is that Rice Beans don’t perfectly lend themselves to mass cultivation.. they are climbers, they produce hundreds of pods and they need a little extra attention to harvest. For the home gardener in the southern states, rice beans are an exceptionally interesting and fun bean to try. Rice beans are unique, they are small, ( many of them about the size of a grain of rice-hence the name), and they cook up quite deliciously pairing well with ..rice ..naturally. Rice beans are cultivated in many parts of the world including sub-Saharan Africa and S.E Asia. They are daylength sensitive plants, so in the far north there is little chance of them setting pods even though they will grow like crazy. In the south they are likely to mature with little problem.