The Chinese Red Noodle have arrived!!

dancinglemons(7B VA)August 24, 2008

I know this is supposed to be a question -but- I am excited!! I have my first flush of Chinese Red Noodle Long Beans. I have been harvesting the other long beans for quite some time. In 2009 the Red Noodle will go in earlier or get started inside.

DL

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booberry85(5)

Glad to hear it! I'm still waiting, although they are starting to flower. I got a late start with them. This is my first year growing them. How did you cook them?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 12:29PM
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dancinglemons(7B VA)

booberry85,

Have not cooked them yet - waiting until I get a larger amount. I am thinking about stirfry with some winter melon - don't know yet am still reading recipes.

DL

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 2:00AM
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deanriowa(4b)

How did your Chinese Red Noodle beans turn out?

What recipe did your finally decide to use?

I am looking at growing these for 2009 as well. I will probably start them inside to give them a head start.

Do these plants get very leafy? I am going to grow them on a trellis and I would like the trellis to look filled out, so I am wondering about spacing.

thanks,
Dean

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 10:10AM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Dean, the "Red Noodle" plants are very reluctant climbers, and will need a considerable amount of training, compared to other pole beans. But once they get started, they will fill the trellis. I plant mine 12-15" apart.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 4:33PM
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dancinglemons(7B VA)

Have cooked the Red Noodle several times since they first started to come in. Mostly stirfry in small amount of oil with bacon -or- chicken stock.

BUT THEN...............
It got cold here for a week with temps about 40's at night and 60's during the day. I thought the long beans were done but did not pull the plants. Then it rained for a whole day and the temps went up into the 70's for several days -- the Red Noodle made a huge comeback!! I got a nice flush of beans which stayed on the vine for longer than I had ever left the summer beans. These were the thickness of a pencil. They were the BEST EVER!!

I will be growing Red Noodle again in 2009 but will let them get 'fatter' on the vine. The taste of the 'fat' RN longbean is MUCH better than the thin, long RN.

Cheers,
DL

    Bookmark   October 27, 2008 at 3:32AM
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