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Chinese Python Snake Bean (5 seeds) (SM106) $3.00
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Chinese Python Snake Bean

         
 
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(Trichosanthes cucumerina) Also called Snake Gourd. Unusual and delicious gourd relative that is referred to and used as a bean in its native China. Its fruit tastes much like green beans, except even more delicious and tender. We could give up a lot of other vegetables before we would not grow this queen of garden crops, known for its divine taste and snake-like beauty. So snake-like, in fact, that the beans terrify more than a few visitors to our garden each summer! Snake bean is almost completely absent in U.S. markets. Its long, delicate fruit doesn’t ship easily. Chinese Green Python snake bean is the largest snake bean variety, growing up to 60 inches long and 1.5 inches thick! As it matures, it develops bright green color and a thin layer of wax on the skin. When harvested at 12- 30 inches long, it can be used like green beans or summer squash. Traditionally stir fried with peppers and onions, this vegetable has many culinary uses. In Africa the inside of fully mature fruit can be scraped out and used like tomato paste. This variety will need a sturdy trellis; pinching lateral branches under 30 inches will encourage climbing. Fun to grow in kids’ gardens, an absolutely unique new vegetable!
 
Chinese Python Snake Bean
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 13
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Christine
Location:
Newburgh, NY, United States
Date:
October 9, 2019
          4.0
 
Interesting accidental find
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Unique, tasty, low maintenance

What are the cons? Hard to germinate

Review:

I got two plants from the pack. Which was meant for someone else, but ended up in my hands. Each produced two or three beans. They weren't growing under the best conditions, and I put almost no work into them. I I've only eaten them raw. They taste like a cucumber with a bit of pepper and them. I absolutely will grow these again, gladly!.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Rearview
Location:
Fayetteville, AR, United States
Date:
September 22, 2019
          5.0
 
Great plant
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Quality of bean, fun to grow

What are the cons? Hard to start

Review:

I experimented with a number of veggies this year, actually my first year of growing vegetables. I had a number of false starts with seedlings. After six attempts I gave it one more go and it took! This should be subtitled "jack' s bean stalk`. One plant over ran a 10 foot wide space and went over the top of the shed. It reached out and anchored to my rose bushes trellis. So much fun! Then the snake beans started to appear.. again , again, again... I don't like vegetables since I am a "super taster". These tasted GREAT! They will be in my gardens for.... ever.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Janey
Location:
Andrews, SC, United States
Date:
September 7, 2019
          5.0
 
Easy food
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Prolific, no pests or disease.

What are the cons? Absolutely none.

Review:

Very productive with no pests or diseases in a humid hot environment with huge inherent pest and disease pressures. Trick is to use before skin turns from silver to general green hue as skin becomes inedible with age. Have yet to sort out how to use as tomato paste substitute as it deteriorates to an orange to red skin tone. Also would like to save seed but not sure at what point seeds are viable for next season use. Any feedback would be welcome. On eating, we use them uncooked and cooked. Taste a bit like cukes and bean. Stir fry without pre-boiling. Cooking them for casseroles would recommend boiling first for about 20 minutes. Again, before you use for a meal, just cut or break off a bit and check the skin texture. You can tell immediately whether the bean is too old to be edible. Key to harvest is the color of the skin which changes from silver to a generalized green...and that can change overnight. And length is not necessarily an indicator of inedible.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Craig
Location:
Carbondale, IL, United States
Date:
September 5, 2019
          5.0
 
Chinese Python Snake Bean
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Great culinary ingredient.

What are the cons? None. Performs as described.

Review:

This one is great fun in two respects. It's an amazing specimen when grown big, but a delicious vegetable when harvested small. Tastes like a green bean. but both the plant and fruit have a fine funky umami aroma to them. It's fun to give your friends, even sophisticated foodies, something they've never had.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Amber
Location:
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Date:
August 30, 2019
          5.0
 
Great Conversation Piece
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, interesting

What are the cons? Slow to start

Review:

These were a great addition to our garden. They were slow to start but are now huge and productive. They taste like a combination of green bean and zuchinni to me. The size is somewhat unbelievable and many have stopped to inquire about them. I will grow again! Thank you for introducing me to something new!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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