Cooking Vegetables: How to cook asparagus bean?
What is Aparagus Bean?
Asparagus beans is also known as Chinese long bean, garter bean, snake bean, yard long bean and etc. It is a long pod that have seeds within. It looks like a thin snake on a vine plant. Its texture when raw is rough unlike green beans and snow peas that are smooth. It has different color (violet, light green, dark green) depends on the variety.
They are very nutritious because they have been the good source of the following:
PROTEIN - it has good protein that will help you lose weight and keep your tummy full for hours.
VITAMIN A - It has a second type of vitamin A or the beta-carotene that is good to strengthen immune system, keep good eye vision, and serves as anti-aging because it prevents wrinkles and other skin problems.
VITAMIN C - an antioxidant that helps the metabolism of our body. Keep gums and skin healthy.
THIAMINE & RIBOFLAVIN - It has also vitamin B1 & B2 that gives us energy, prevents aging & muscle cramps, boost mental abilities and prevents memory loss like Alzheimer's disease.
IRON - the minerals needed by our body in the transportation of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
PHOSPHORUS & MANGANESE - it helps prevent bone loss, anemia and premenstrual syndrome.
POTASSIUM - it prevents muscles cramping and stroke.
FOLATE - is also called vitamin B9 that is important for pregnant women because folate is responsible in the production and rapid division of new cells.
MAGNESIUM - magnesium and fiber always goes together and use as laxative for constipation.
This kind of vegetable is so easy to grow in a subtropical and tropical weather. If this vine plant have enough water and sunshine it will bear longer pod, and the vines will keep on growing and will bear more flowers and pods. This pod is abundant to some countries in Asia especially in Southeastern. Here in the United States and other Western countries Asparagus beans is hard to find and some displays in the produce area are not that fresh. This kind of pod is really of its best taste when cooked within three days after harvesting. Since the taste is similar to Western green beans, it became the best alternative for cooking Asparagus beans especially when you stew meat. Some prefer to eat it raw and others were pickling it with papaya that is served as the appetizer.
Saute' Asparagus Beans Recipe
35 pieces Asparagus Beans (cut into 2" long)
1/2 cup ground pork (use dice tofu if you don't want meat)
1/2 cup small shrimp (peeled)
1 tbsp. sliced onions
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. dice tomato
3 cloves garlic (minced and diced)
2 tbsp. fish sauce *
1 cup water
- Peel the shrimp shell and head, crush it and soak into a cup of water for few minutes, then sieve it for the stock.
- In a medium heated large skillet, pour the olive oil and saute' garlic, onions and tomatoes.
- Add ground pork cook till light brown, then add the shrimp, and mix in the fish sauce. * (If you do not prefer the fish sauce you can have soy sauce and just add some salt to taste.)
- Cook for 5 minutes then pour the shrimp stock and mix it properly before boiling.
- When it is boiling, add the Asparagus beans until it's slightly tender or whatever your preferred tenderness.
- Serve it hot. Great with steamed rice.
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