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Broad Windsor Fava Bean

Broad Windsor Fava Bean

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85 days — The plants of 'Broad Windsor' fava beans reach thirty-six to forty-eight inches tall, are upright, and non-branching. The five to eight inch long pods each contain five to seven seeds. The seeds are quite large, about the diameter of a U.S. quarter dollar coin, and a little over twice as thick.

Because they can get really heavy as they get laden with pods, the do tend to fall over. Using t-posts or poles at the ends of the rows and stringing them up would be beneficial. Along with its uses in recipes, it is also a good, nitrogen fixing cover crop. Each ounce contains about 16 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Fava beans can be planted in cooler weather. Generally as soon as the soil can be worked. Sow in well manured soil, one inch deep, three to six inches apart, in rows spaced at 24 inches.

Fava beans are not from the same family as true beans. They are used small (2 to 3 inches) as you would green or snap beans or if they are a bit past their prime, shelled by cooking in salted water. Some people cook the upper leaves of the plant like spinach or include them in salads.