Old time Heirloom from 1863
This sweet and tasty variety of fava bean is one of the most highly regarded. Scented purple to white flowers make this a beautiful plant in addition to being a food crop. Produces the largest dry bean you'll find anywhere. Harvest young for cooking in the pod. Let mature for shelling beans. Young leaf shoots can be cooked and used in Mediterranean dishes. This hardy plant is a good nitrogen fixer and can be used as a green manure. Fava beans have been grown for thousands of years. Dried beans will keep for many years if stored properly.
Plant from Spring-Fall
Uses: Parboil and then stir-fry in oil with garlic. Boil beans in salty water and serve as an appetizer or add to salad. Sautée young leaf tips.