Very tasty and cold tolerant.
Strong, upright plants to 3' are grown like peas
Heirloom from before 1885.
Bears 7-8" pods with 5-6 huge red-brown beans (That's a quarter, not a nickle in the picture.) Beautiful black and white flowers attract beneficial insects. Use as salad greens when young, edible flowers, shelled green like edamame, or as dry beans-a real self-sufficiency crop. One gardener wrote, "These did a wonderful job. They were planted in ordinary soil, in full sun…they grew tall and produced beautiful flowers and plenty of beans."
BOTANICAL NAME: Vicia fava
A cool season plant. Plant seeds directly into beds. In cold winter areas plant favas as early in the spring as the soil can be worked. Grows to 4-5', doesn't need staking. In milder climate areas, plant in the fall for late winter or early spring harvest. Time until harvest depends on temperature. Best to inoculate seeds before planting. CAUTION: some people are allergic to fava beans.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C, W/Matures 11-26/Harvest 3 dry/Yields 5-18/Spacing 8"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Tolerates winter cold