Each year I try to grow at least one new thing in my potager garden and if it leans to the side of the unusual, all the better. Since I'm a relatively new gardener (2005), there are many things that are new to me. In past years, I've planted burgundy okra, French Charentais melons, purple beans, and hard neck garlic, to name a few.
My New Thing for this year was Yard-Long Beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis).
Though the beans are edible, I grew them for their uniqueness with no intention of eating them. If you were to eat them, they are prepared just like regular bush or pole green beans.
The blossoms are large and quite pretty.
None of mine reached 36" in length, but they came pretty darn close. I'm saving the seeds from this year's beans so I can grow them again next year. I may even decide to eat them.