Introducing Snake Beans
Snake beans have long been grown in East and South-east Asia. They probably originated in South China.
Snake beans enjoy warmer, humid climates and enjoy consistent rainfall. This makes them perfect for the tropics!
There are a number of varieties of snake bean. Look for a variety that is more suitable to even warmer, wetter climates. One of the best varieties for the tropics is Green Pod Kaohsiung.
Growing Snake Beans
Location and Soil
Snake beans are good climbers and can be positioned to either easily crawl over shrubs, up a trellis or even up a fence.
Find a sunny location to plant in.
Growing from Seed
Sow your seeds about 1 cm deep in damp soil, about 30 cm apart. Seedlings should emerge between 10 and 21 days after planting.
If you want a a continuous harvest throughout summer, plant seeds every 4 to 6 weeks.
Snake beans are one of the best vegetables to grow during the hot and humid tropical ‘wet season’.
Snake beans benefit from extra organic matter. We add a rich compost before planting.
Snake beans must be watered during the dry season. They enjoy the ‘wet season’, provided the soil is well drained.
Pests and Diseases
Common pests and diseases include rusts, mildews, viruses, fungal diseases, aphids, bean flies, caterpillars and mites.
Snake beans are eaten fresh or cooked. They are used in salads, eaten with rice and added to stir-fries and curries.
A 100 gram serving of snake beans contains just 47 calories. This is truly one of the low-calories vegetables. The fibre helps make you feel ‘full’ and is highly effective for weight loss.
The soluble and insoluble fibre in snake beans is good for your digestive system.
Snake beans contain a high amount of vitamin-C. Studies show vitamin-C helps build immunity to infections, assists in maintaining blood vessel elasticity, and can help to protect people from some protection from cancers.