Although they are also known as yard-long beans, snake beans are actually about 35cm to 75cm immature pods. When slender they are also very tender. Choose green, unblemished pods without any matured beans. They are used in similar ways to green beans. Grown in Southeast Asia and southern China, they are trimmed and often cut into 3-4cm lengths to be stir-fried, stewed or braised. They can be eaten raw in salads and are also popular in Indian, Malaysian and Filipino dishes. Snake beans can be found at Asian grocery stores and produce markets and in Indian food stores They are a good source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, and potassium, and a very good source for vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and manganese.