Versatile and excellent cover crop that's delicious in the kitchen.
Pole Pod. Heirloom. This is the classic, large-seeded English fava with strong, upright plants bearing 4-7 very large, tender, light-green seeds for fresh shelling. The mature, light-brown seeds are excellent in soups and hummus. Long pods are filled with large, edible beans which are popular fresh, dried or pickled.Fabaceae Vicia faba
This is the classic English Fava Bean type.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 70-90 (Spring/Summer), 75-80 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Fava Beans are very hardy and can grow right through the winter in mild climates. Fava beans can be frost tolerant.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall, Winter
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Legumes like well-drained soil rich in organic matter and a moderate amount of nutrients. Water lightly at planting, medium at flowering, and heavily throughout harvest time. Avoid overhead watering which can promote disease. This tall legume is deep-rooted. Where winter lows stay above 10˚ F you can sow as early as September. Avoid hot weather. Raw seed requires Pea-Vetch, Garden Combination inoculant or Garden legume inoculant to act as a nitrogen fixer.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
Fava beans prefer full sun in their preferred cool weather climate. If growing in hot climates they do better with light shade.
Water regularly in dry weather, as lack of water can affect the set of pods, the size of harvest, and the quality of the plant. Water is most critical when the flowers appear and they are setting pods.
Low nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Beans don't need a lot of nitrogen in the soil because they fix their own. In fact if there is a lot in the soil they won't go to the trouble of fixing it. They do need plenty of potassium and phosphorus though.
They are sometimes planted after a crop that was heavily amended, or after a winter cover crop.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Tender and nutty, excellent in salads or eaten raw right out of the freshly picked pod.