Yard long beans really do grow to 3 feet long, although they are usually picked when about 18 inches long. The are related to black-eyed peas, but taste and look like green beans. They originated in Africa or southern Asia.
They are best eaten when young and tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 feet long. They are also known as Asparagus bean, dow gauk, Chinese long beans, Peru bean, and Snake bean.
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