Green Beans and Garlic
Comments: The great variety of climate and soil in China has resulted in the cultivation of an enormous diversity of plants. Abundant vegetation allows for economizing on the eating of flesh, to the extent that today the Chinese, by preference, eat much more vegetable and grain produce than meat, a diet that over many centuries has become extremely well balanced.
The Chinese farmer, in a constant effort to utilize every square inch of his land, prefers to grow plants that will take the least space. Consequently, legumes (pulses) of every description climb and trail upward over racks, and climbers cover the sides and roofs of his home and any outbuildings.