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Home>Vegetable Seeds>Beans>Beans, Fava
Fava Beans
Vicia faba
[ Approximately 15 to 20 seeds per ounce.]

Fava beans are not in the same genus as other garden beans (Phaseolus).  Their origin is reportedly the Mediterranean region and their history dates back to at least Biblical times.  Favas are commonly used in Middle Eastern, Greek and Italian cooking.

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Aquadulce Fava Bean
Aquadulce Fava Bean
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$2.45
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Broad Windsor Fava Bean
Broad Windsor Fava Bean
$2.45
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Masterpiece Green Longpod Fava Bean
Masterpiece Green Longpod Fava Bean
$2.45
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Sweet Lorane Fava Bean
Sweet Lorane Fava Bean
$2.75
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They can be used small (just as the pods begin to fill) as you would green or snap beans.  They are primarily used as a green shelled bean and cooked in salted water.  As a dry bean, they can be harvested as the pods begin to turn black.

Favas prefer well drained, fertile soil and do not do well in hot weather.  They are typically planted in fall or winter and finished by early summer.  As a rule of thumb, plant them and grow in the same time period as you would English or garden peas.  Plant in blocks, or two to three rows together, to help prevent the plants from falling over.

Some people cook the upper leaves of the plant like spinach.  It should be noted that some people may have an allergic reaction to uncooked fava beans.  The presumed toxins are eliminated by cooking.

Although they have been in cultivation in many parts of the world for centuries, favas are relatively new to the North American farm, garden and market.