Broad Bean (Vicia faba) aka Fava Bean

I love the buttery texture of this bean. You can do lots with it but I like to simply sauté them in some butter. I am the only person in the family that likes them though :).

Hot tip: Many people don’t know that the young leaves go great in a salad.

Growing Fava beans is relatively easy but you need to give the mature plants some support  as they can grow to 6 foot. I use coils of chicken wire but stakes and twine do just as well.

Growing:

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Flowers (and a little helper):

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(Photo by Piers Higgs 2016)

Harvesting and Shelling:

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Blanching and Storing:

One minute boiling water and three minutes in freezing water.

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Please share your bean recipes with us.

I love this plant,

PK

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