Last week I was surprised with seeds in the mail from a reader. She messaged me awhile back to ask if I ever planted the Chinese Red Noodle bean.
I tend to be narrow minded when it comes to bean planting as every year my attention is focus on the flat Italian bean introduced from my grandma. My mom and I are probably the few in our family that still plant this one and our seeds originated from grandma’s garden.
This reader mentioned she would send me seeds and it wasn’t long before she did just that, with a hand written note. It was a neat surprise and I plan to tuck this note away in my garden notebook.
I decided to plant a few now and enjoy through fall , then plant the rest next spring.
Normally I soak my bean seeds prior to planting as this speeds up germination; I skipped that step and made sure the soil was really wet before planting and hoped for the best.
Chinese Red Noodle
This bean has a 95 day growing season so depending on our temperatures and when the first freeze will arrive I could be cutting this close; this is why I only planted a few.
I read these beans have a superior flavor and texture.
The bean itself grows about a foot long, I was amazed at the length and overall appearance, and they remind me of a licorice whip.
Where I Planted
I decided to plant in the brown structure after cleaning out the cucumbers a month ago. I had already fertilized with llama droppings and I direct composted every inch of this space about two weeks ago so I knew this would be a good option.
Since it was six seeds I planted on the right side of the structure hoping for positive results.
Where to Purchase Seeds
If you’re wanting to add this bean to your garden check out Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
Also take a look at what they look like growing right here. These were beauties and one bean that I really ended up enjoying.
I’m curious if any of y’all have planted the Chinese Red Noodle bean, please share your experience.