Excellent flavor, stringless beans and a great conversation piece.
Dragon`s Tongue Bush Bean History
Dragon`s Tongue bean plants were first cultivated in the Netherlands in the 18th century and are a member of the Fabaceae family, as are peas and pulses (dry beans). Also known as Dragon Langerie beans, this bean varietal is a knockout with a creamy yellow interior and a dazzling, purple striated exterior. Beans attain an average of 6 inches in length and bear 4-6 seeds per stringless pod. The entire bean can be eaten raw or cooked, but if you expect to retain that brilliant color, think again. Cooked beans lose their gorgeous hues.
Back to growing Dragon Tongue bush beans as a dual use bean. These open pollinated heirloom beans can be eaten young, in their entirety as a fresh snap bean, or pods can be harvested when fully mature for shelling beans. Seeds are firm, slightly starchy, sweet and nutty. This “romano” or wax type bush bean is less fibrous than other snap beans. The eye popping color of Dragon Tongue beans is sure to be a conversation starter on the crudités platter, or they make a delicious side dish. Great in stir fries, bean salads and especially suited for pickling. Beans can be stored in plastic in the fridge for about one week; use ‘em or lose ‘em!
How To Grow Dragon`s Tongue Bush Bean
If you can grow typical beans, then you can grow these. Direct sow Dragon Tongue seeds after all danger of frost has passed to a depth of one inch, 2 inches apart in rows 36-48 inches apart in full sun exposure. Harvest the beans between 55-60 days. Leave beans on to mature if desirous of dried beans. The more often you harvest, the bigger your yield will be. Plants will be 24-30 inches tall. Combining these guys with buttery Yellow Finn potatoes, steamed and cooled, then tossed in mustard vinaigrette is mmm-mmm good too. Or make pickled green beans to prolong your enjoyment of this luscious bean variety or to give as gifts that will titillate your friends and make them want to grow Dragon Tongue heirlooms.
Preserving And Storing Beans
since Dragon Tongue Beans are so versatile, there are multiple ways to preserve them for later enjoyment. My favorite method of bean preservation is canning. For our family of 10, it just makes sense to can large quantities of them to eat throughout the year. I have a step by step guide to canning beans that you can read here.
Dragon`s Tongue Bush Bean Recipe
Dragon tongue beans quickly blanched and sautéed with pancetta and Crimean mushrooms, making a lovely side dish
Beans may aid weight loss due to their high protein and fiber content, which can keep you feeling full for longer. They may help reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation. Studies show that beans can aid people with type 2 diabetes. This is largely due to their high fiber content and low GI. Certain beans can be toxic if they’re undercooked or eaten by people who are genetically predisposed. Make sure to cook beans thoroughly to mitigate their toxins. Soaking and sprouting are also beneficial.
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