Very productive, easy broad bean seed to grow. One of the tastiest fava bean out there. Slender pods of 23cm long, are full of delicious white seeded flavoursome beans. It is a great variety for autumn sowing. The simplest way to cook is to steam them for just a few minutes until tender. Some like to pick them very young and eat them as mange-tout, pods and all. Fava beans flavor is similar to a blend of limas and peas, but they are more nutritious than limas. For use as a snap bean, harvest the pods at 5-7 cm. For use as a green shelled bean, harvest when pods are 10-17cm long. Prepare in the same manner as beans or peas. The fava beans are great for cooking in stews, in soups, make dips or patties, make hummus, eat raw when young in salads and are easily used in other recipes like for instance broad bean risotto. Broad beans benefits are : full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and proteins. Broad beans are good seeds to grow in Ireland.
Scientific Name: Vicia faba
Plant Life Cycle: annual
Optimal Germination Temperature: 9-15C
Germination time in days: 10-21 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 120 days
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil requirement: rich and light
Sowing and cultivation: Sow in spring and/or autumn. For summer harvest, Sow in Feb/March. Harvest in the spring or early summer. Sow outdoor in the Spring when soil temperatures reach 15-16 degrees C.Sow 10-15 cm apart. Harvest from early summer. For winter harvest, Sow seed direct in the ground in October and November 5 cm (2") deep, spacing of 20cm (8") with 60cm (2ft) row gap (minimum). Sow in double rows at least 30 cm apart. If planting more than one double row allow a metre between them.Need staking.