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Fava Beans

An old-fashioned favorite, Fava Beans belong to the Vetch family and, unlike true Beans, are frost hardy. Favas may be harvested as a green shelling Bean in about 65 days when the pods are deep green and plump, or later, as a dry Bean, when the pods have blackened and drooped. The pods are only edible when very tiny. The shelled Beans must be skinned unless eaten very young. To skin them, parboil for 1 minute, cool, then pinch them so that the Bean pops out of its skin. To shell as dry Beans, twist the pods to release them or spread the pods out on a tarp and dance on them to break the Beans loose. Store as dry Beans when you can no longer nick them with your fingernail. Fava Beans are delicious in soups, risotto, vegetable stews and as a topping for bruschetta paired with goat cheese, Garlic, Basil and olive oil. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.

Supersette Fava Bean

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90-100 days. Our select Italian Supersette Fava Bean is quite productive, yielding long, well-filled pods. It is meatier than a Lima with a sweet, warm, nutty taste. The vines grow up to 6' tall. The pretty white flowers with black or deep purple markings yield plump pods that house seven to nine large, 3/4" Beans. How about a refreshing Fava Bean salad with cool, blanched Asparagus, diced Scallions and chilled shrimp with a honey mustard and lime vinaigrette? (OP.)

One packet of about 50 seeds
Catalog #1255
$4.25
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Gardening Tips

Just because legumes are known to improve the soil in which they grow, it does not mean that they needn't be planted in good soil themselves. This is especially true of Beans. If you dig in well-rotted manure at the time of planting, your bean plants will grow better, be more free from disease and give you a better yield.

Fava Bean Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: 1" - 2"
Row Spacing: 20"-30"
Seed Spacing: 2"-3"
Days to Germination: 10-14 days
Germination Temperature: 40°-65°F

An old-fashioned favorite, Fava Beans are a member of the Vetch family and, unlike true Beans, are frost hardy. Traditionally sown like Peas, they may be planted in late fall for early spring harvest if winter temperatures stay above 20°E Otherwise, direct sow in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked in a bed well amended with compost and/or well rotted manure as needed. Sow 1" to 2" deep and keep the seedbed moist while germinating Thin the seedlings to about 6" apart. Mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. Growing from 3' to 6' tall, these plants will need some support. Fava Beans may be harvested as a green shelling bean in about 65 days, when the pods are deep green and plump. The pods are only edible when very tiny. The shelled beans must be skinned unless eaten very young. To skin them, parboil for 1 minute, cool, then pinch so that the bean pops out of its skin. To shell as dry beans, twist pods to release them or spread pods on a tarp and dance on them to break the beans loose. Store as dry beans when you can no longer nick them with your finger- nail. Fava Beans are delicious in soups, risotto, bean salads or as a simple, healthy side dish.

Beans Show Their Colors
My favorite use for purple-podded Beans is to pick them while slim and tender, along with green and yellow ones, and arrange all three on a platter with a hummus dip.

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