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Windsor Fava Bean

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Windsor Fava Bean

Vicia faba
Precious green pockets plump with protein.

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If you are looking for a something new to try your green thumb on, look no further than the fava bean. While favas can be finicky, intolerant of heat and attractive to a certain fava loving aphid, your care to these delectable legumes will certainly pay off in the end. Once you have grown and cared for them, shelled them and peeled them, celebrate with a fava bean party! They are splendid in paella, risotto, spring soup, flavorful spreads, or simply sauteed with a glass of Chianti. Windsor Fava Bean is a classic heirloom dating back to the late 1800s. Fava beans are incredible nitrogen fixers, try companion planting them next to your favorite brassicas.
Number of Seeds 50 seeds
Spacing in Row 6-8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
Planting Depth 1-2 inches
Days to Germination 7 days
Days to Maturity 75 days
Height at Maturity 36-48 inches
Width at Maturity 10 inches
Direct sow fava beans outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked. Fava beans are cold hearty and extremely heat intolerant, so do not delay. Late planting will result in reduced or low yield. Sow 1-2 inches deep, 2-4 inches apart. Thin the weakest seedlings out. Fava beans require moist, fertile soil and cool temperatures. In the case of a hot spring, try cooling the plants with overhead watering especially at the flowering stage, otherwise, drip irrigation is best. Harvest when pods are glossy, plump and browning. You should be able to see the outline of the 1-1.5 inch beans. Once pods are harvested, shell, then peel the tender bean from the tough exterior. Use immediately or freeze.

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