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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:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 2
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Kat
Location:
labelle, FL, United States
Date:
June 14, 2019
          5.0
 
Amazing but smelly bean
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? The flowers

What are the cons? The Smell!

Review:

The blossom so closely resembles passion flower I began to question if I had mixed up seeds. The blooms are plentiful but many seem to snap off or vanish. I am uncertain if it is birds, wind or the nature of the plant.. but after nearly a month of blossoms a bean finally appeared. Oh Man do they grow fast! Seriously you can look at it over the course of a day and it is significantly larger than it had been only a few hours before! As I still only have this one bean I am fascinated by it. Initial thoughts are #1 it is covered with a wax of sorts that is SMELLY! 2# growth when it finally gets going is astounding! #3 my trellis is very quickly going to be woefully inadequate..when it says trellis.. it means sturdy and overhead. I will grow this one bean to maturity, harvest the seed and start again with this fascinating bean. I see this as a long relationship!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ashley A
Location:
Tampa, FL, United States
Date:
May 6, 2019
          4.0
 
Exciting to grow
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Doesn’t grow very thick vines

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

My gourd vine had one long vine and trellised easily. Lots of male and female flowers bloomed and they pollinates naturally! I have 3 gourds growing now and I can’t wait to taste them!its about to be summer so it’s very hot. He plant seems to enjoy partial sun when it’s so hot. Leaves get wilted during heat in the 90s. I love the unique flowers it produces!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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