All about… Broad Windsor Pole Fava Bean

Broad Windsor Pole, Fava Bean Seeds

• 120 to 150 days.
• Climbing habit
• Package contains approximately 18 Broad Windsor Pole, Fava Bean Seeds.
• Germination: 6 to 10 days at 70 to 85 F. Plant seeds 1 to 2 inches deep with 6 to 8 inches between plants and 24 to 36 inches between rows.

Broad Windsor Pole Fava Beans produce pods that grow about 7 inches long, which can be eaten like snap beans. The flat beans inside the pod can also be used as a dry shell bean. The foliage of the bean plant is also edible.

Pole beans are known for their high yields for the amount of space needed. These beans are grown up a tall support and are easy to harvest.

Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:

Once the danger of frost is passed, plant seeds directly in the ground outside. If the temperature is too cold (under about 60F) the plant may suffer, causing poor germination and yield. Prepare some kind of support (such as a trellis, a fence, poles, etc) for the bean plants to grow on. Plant in full sun, taking care not to block other plants from sunlight with the bean supports.

Plant the seeds in well-drained, fertile soil. Keep the ground moist until germination occurs.

To harvest, pick the green beans when they grow about 5” long. For shell beans, allow the pods to mature on the vine, then dry.

Recipes/How to Use:

Fava beans can be time-intensive to prepare, since shelling them can take some effort. They are, however, delicious in recipes and worth the extra time.

Easy Fava Beans
2-3 lbs fava bens, shelled
2 T. olive oil or butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

-Heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add the shelled beans and stir, coating the beans and cooking until they are tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.

 

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