Classic Fava bean with excellent flavor and heavy production.
22 in stock
22 in stock
Bean – Fava
This broad bean is an incredible plant with the capability to fix up to 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre into the soil. For that reason, this bean is used as a valuable cover crop and green manure that also makes for tasty meals! For culinary purposes, this bean is wonderful in stir-fries, tossed into pasta, and made into dips. The possibilities are endless! On our farm, we grow it as a cover crop to improve the soil. Fresh beans are eaten and the leftovers are feed to our animals. Unlike most bean varieties, this bean prefers the cooler season of the year. Bees love the flowers too! It really is an incredible plant with so many uses and should be grown on every sustainable farm.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Fava beans can thrive in moderate to poor soil. They prefer cool or mild climates for summer cultivation. In San Diego, they grow best over the winter months and into spring and the early part of the summer. Soak beans for 24 hours before planting for expedited germination.
Growing Recommendations: Fava beans are very large seeds that are easily direct sown in the ground. If you wish to transplant them, start indoors in late fall for winter growing, or winter for spring growing. The soils should be at least 65°F. Transplant out after the last frost. Make small, successive plantings every 20-25 days for a continuous harvest. Avoid overhead watering to reduce mildew. If planting as a cover crop you can plant it as densely as needed. For consumption, space 6” to 1’. If planting as a cover crop, once pods have formed and hardened, you can simply cut plants at the base and feed the green material to animals or compost the remains.
Harvesting & Storage: Fava beans can be harvested when they are still soft and immature, or when they are dark and dried. Harvest according to your needs.
|Days to Germination:||5-10|
|Days to Maturity:||65-85+|
|Height at Maturity:||12”-24”|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: 15 gram
|Dimensions||5.00 × 0.10 × 3.00 in|
1/2 lb, 1/4 lb, Packet