Vicia faba. "The soybean of the North". Eat like snap peas when very young, or shell and dry. Grow like peas in spring or fall. Fixes nitrogen in the soil - use SIN-9400, Garden Combo inoculant. Upright plants need no support. Beautiful black and white flowers attract beneficial insects. P;ant will grow and set pods in temps from 40 to 70 degrees farenheit but not in hot weather. Plant very early spring or fall in southern and coastal areas. Ready for eating when pods point downward. Very disease resistant. Companions: celery, savory, strawberries. Our small "Green Manure" favas may be eaten as well.
Caution: some people, usually of Mediterranean descent, are allergic to favas.
Small tender beans eaten raw as hors d'oeuvres. Mature seeds are steamed, sauteed, fermented, sprouted, or pureed. Dried seeds are ground into flour, boiled, pureed, pickled, popped, added to soups/stews, or made into tofu, miso, and nut milk. Young pods are cooked and eaten whole. The small seeded varieties that are in our compost section also make good eating - one version is the nearly universal breakfast in Egypt. In china they are fermented into soy sauce and tempeh.
C,W/Matures 11-26/Harvest 1-3 dry/Yield 5-18/Spacing 8"