Long Beans

Long Beans
Long beans on sale in a Bangkok market

These curious legumes are also known as yard-long beans or snake beans, while in Thai they're tua fak yao, and they have to be in the running for one of the more unlikely vegetables. At more than a foot long, they are quite preposterous looking. The pencil-thin beans really can grow to a yard long, but are usually picked and sold when they are approaching a foot and a half. Long beans are a common ingredient in stir-fries, and also served raw with hot and spicy foods, especially chili dips. Like cucumbers, long beans have a strong cooling effect when you've eaten a bit too much chili. Aside from their length, long beans look and taste just like fresh green beans. This makes it easy to substitute French beans or similar if you can't get the real thing. However, never use canned or frozen green beans. They must be fresh. I often see long beans growing on fences along country lanes around the north. They make a great, as well as edible, privacy screen for country homes.

Weight Information
1 cup slices 91.0 g
1 pod 12.0 g
Nutritional Information for 1 cup slices
Energy 42.77
Protein 2.548 20.000 13%
Total lipid (fat) 0.364 65.000 1%
Carbohydrate, by difference 7.5985 300.000 3%
Calcium, Ca 45.5 1000.000 5%
Iron, Fe 0.4277 18.000 2%
Magnesium, Mg 40.04 400.000 10%
Phosphorus, P 53.69 1000.000 5%
Potassium, K 218.4 3500.000 6%
Sodium, Na 3.64 2400.000 0%
Zinc, Zn 0.3367 15.000 2%
Copper, Cu 0.04368 2.000 2%
Manganese, Mn 0.18655 2.000 9%
Selenium, Se 1.365 70.000 2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 17.108 60.000 29%
Thiamin 0.09737 1.500 6%
Riboflavin 0.1001 1.700 6%
Niacin 0.3731 20.000 2%
Pantothenic acid 0.05005 10.000 1%
Vitamin B-6 0.02184 2.000 1%
Folate, total 56.42 400.000 14%
Folate, food 56.42 400.000 14%
Vitamin A, IU 787.15 5000.000 16%
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.09555 20.000 0%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.03276
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.15379