How to Prepare Chinese Noodle Beans

How toHarvest and Prepare Chinese Noodle Beans

The Chinese Noodle bean is my new favorite crop.  A couple years ago a reader sent me seeds and that same year I planted in the fall. 

My first crop was pitiful and quickly realized planting earlier would have been a good idea since beans tend to grow slower in the fall over spring. This led me to just leaving bean planting to the spring as I don’t like to have a large fall garden.

How toHarvest and Prepare Chinese Noodle Beans

Before I dive into how to harvest and prepare these awesome beans I want you to also know they’re fun to grow.

Not only is the plant beautiful but the beans themselves are fascinating and they taste pretty amazing.

You can enjoy these beans two ways.  For me it started right in the garden because I love to sit and eat raw beans from the vine; I’ve been doing this since I was a kid.

I wasn’t sure how to prepare them at first so I started shelling and eating the raw seeds.  They were so GOOD!

Later I discovered you’re supposed to prepare in the shell, this means you can eat the entire bean.

When to Harvest

If you like the idea of eating the entire bean, then harvest when they turn bright burgundy.  Simply snip the bean from the vine, wash and bring indoors.

How to Prepare

Preparing at this stage is where it gets exciting because options multiply and they add a beautiful color to any meal.  All you do is cut each bean into slices and cook.

  1. Boil
  2. Saute in Butter
  3. Stir Fry with other vegetables – tasty with zucchini
  4. Stew
  5. Soup
  6. Freeze for later
  7. Can in jars

Dry on the Vine

I also let some of the beans dry on the vine.  Harvest by snipping and then bring indoors to shell.
Back in the garden when I ate those tasty shelled beans I started thinking they would be good in soup or cooked in a pot with some really good sausage. I can hardly wait to try this.

Shelling the Beans

Shelling the beans is time consuming,  I eventually got through my first pile and ended up with about a cup of bean seeds.  Most of these seeds will be used for cooking in the winter and then I’ll save about a couple dozen for the next spring planting.

The best part about this experience was Robert really enjoyed them and he eats very few vegetables. He simply eats what I grow to make me happy. Knowing he actually liked the flavor made me realized we have another winner.

The Chinese Red Noodle bean is a neat addition, it brings a new taste and texture to the menu that I believe you will all enjoy.  Give it a try!

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  1. Deb says:

    I bought some 6by6 lumber on a good deal, and I am making raised beds out of them,,,, now for the soil to fill them… I am thinking to put newspaper down before the soil, mix topsoil, peat moss and cow manure for the raised beds.

    1. Carole says:

      Sounds like you have a fun project in the mix. Check out dirt simple under Gardening – I would also toss in some direct compost this will welcome the worms which is a good thing.

  2. Vincent Jericho says:

    I was wondering if I could dry these. You answered that for me. THANK YOU! We grow them for market and they are a big hit but I m going to have a HUGE crop and was worried some would go to waste. Now that I know I can dry them I will have pounds to play with in soups and other good stuff this winter!!!

    1. Carole says:

      Oh goodness so very very good in soup.

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