Asparagus Bean Inspection Instructions

There are no U.S. grade standards for Asparagus Bean. These instructions have been developed by the Fresh Products Branch to assist officially licensed inspectors in making inspections, writing certificates and to assist in the proper identification of specialty type fruits and vegetables.

Asparagus Bean (Long Bean, Yard Long Bean, Dow Gok, Dow Kok, Chinese Long Bean) is an annual and native of southern Asia, it is also known as Yard-Long Bean. It is closely related to the cowpea but is readily distinguished from it by the length of its pods. To be of good market quality, the pods must be picked before they become too coarse or tough.

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