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Windsor Fava Bean (75 days)

Fava beans, unlike bush and pole beans, like growing (and perform best) in the cool weather. A good crop to sow along with your peas. They are actually a relative of vetch, not a true bean and have been cultivated for thousands of years around the world.The plant grows 3-4’, and pods form from white and black flowers along its length. Pods can can grow to 6” enclosing 3-5 large, elongated penny, sized beans. Green shell beans can be used like limas. If planted early, harvest will begin in July. A fall/winter harvest is possible with a late planting, especially in regions with mild winters     30-40 seeds (due to their size)




Germination- 4-10 days

Outside- Bush type: 1” deep and 4-6” apart with soil temperatures above 60 degrees and after the last frost. Planting under 60 degrees results in poor germination. Pole type: Plant 1” deep and 3- 4” apart for trellis/pole growth. Drying type: 1” deep and 5-6” apart. Leave beans on the plant until the leaves are falling and pods are dry and withered

Harvest- Before the seeds bulge and beans snap easily. Pick continually to prolong production.

Tips- Water well during hot dry period and do not over fertilize which results in a surplus of foliage and low, delayed pod growth. Adding inoculant at planting time aids in a larger harvest and more robust plants. Plant seeds every 2-3 weeks for continual harvest throughout the summer.

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    Carolyn M.
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    Face bean

    I haven't planted yet. Looking forward to these beans

    Claudia C.

    Gorgeous plants, tasty beans

    Favas are exceptional in the garden even if you don't like beans. I'm always struck by how unusual and graphic the black and white flowers are. Beans are good raw when picked very small. Otherwise blanche and use in risottos or pastas, or as antipasto with cheese or cured meats.