BEANS EGYPTIAN FAVA BROAD BEAN TENDER AND SWEET! FUN TO GROW KIDS LOVE THEM! $1.40

THE EGYPTIAN BEAN! THIS IS AMAZINGLY VERSATILE, VERY RARE AND YUMMY TOO! BABY BROAD BEANS! THESE ARE FAVA BEANS! DATING BACK TO PREHISTORIC TIMES IT HAS BUILT UP SUPREME DISEASE RESISTANCE AND LONGEVITY! STEAM THEM AND ADD A DAB OF BUTTER AND THERE YOU GO!

THESE CAN BE STORED FOR UP TO THREE YEARS IN THE PODS IN YOUR PANTRY! THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT – TOTALLY SUCCULENT! EAT THEM FRESH OR DRIED

Description
Fava broad bean plants (Vicia faba) are among the oldest known cultivated plants, dating back into prehistoric times. A traditional staple food, fava plants are indigenous to the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

Today, growing fava beans can be found in Central America, North America and up into Canada, which is actually the largest producer of fava beans due to its cool temperatures. Popular among many cuisines, the fava bean may be boiled, baked, saut?ed, mashed, fried, braised, stewed and pureed.

Simple dishes of boiled beans with salt and butter or more complicated ones like the traditional Egyptian breakfast of ful medames, a dish of favas, lemon juice, onion, garlic, olive oil, and parsley are prepared on a daily basis in many countries. The young fava bean has not yet formed the endocarp or skin which surrounds the mature shelled bean. As such, the succulent immature fava needs no peeling.

Fava bean plants are actually a relative of vetch, which unlike other bean types has no climbing tendrils. Fava bean plants are upright bushy plants attaining a height of between 2-7 feet tall with large, fragrant white to purplish blooms. The fava bean itself looks similar to a lima bean and is up to 18 inches long. The seed pods of the fava bean plant have a shelf life of three years when stored in optimal conditions.

Once you have harvested the growing fava beans, the remaining foliage may be used as an addition to the compost or makes an excellent cover crop. The bushy greens aid in erosion prevention and protect the topsoil from rain impaction and wind.

Fava beans, like all legume plants, have nitrogen-rich nodules on their roots and contribute to replenishing nitrogen to the soil. Also, the aromatic flower of the growing fava bean plants are powerful pollinator attractors. All in all, growing fava beans is an all around beneficial and valuable crop choice.

In Italy, Iran and areas of China, fava bean planting is done to provide food, while in North America it is primarily cultivated as a seed crop, livestock and poultry feed, cover crop or green manure. It may also be roasted and ground and then added to coffee to extend it.

The dry fava bean is 24 percent protein, 2 percent fat, and 50 percent carbohydrate with 700 calories per cup. In New Orleans where the fava bean arrived from Sicily in the late 1800?s, the older denizens still carry the ?lucky bean? in a pocket or purse while school kids paint them green, red and white as a symbol of St. Joseph?s answer of aid during a famine.

In many areas where Sicilians settled, you will find altars to St. Joseph for sending rain and the subsequent bumper crop of fava beans.

Fava bean planting should be sown 1-2 inches deep and spaced about 6-8 inches apart. Average irrigation is recommended for growing fava beans, and fava bean plants are hardy to about 6 C.

Mature beans can either be peeled while raw, which is tedious, the beans after briefly steaming in a bowl of iced water. Once the latter is done, the skins will rub off easily.

LARGE SEEDS, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE. EACH PLANT PROVIDES KILOS OF BEANS OVER A LONG TIME PERIOD.

EAT FRESH – KEEP IN THE FRIDGE, EAT DRIED – KEEP BEANS IN THE PODS IN A PAPER BAG OR NET BAG IN YOUR PANTRY OR ANY DRY, DARK AND COOL PLACE., USE THEM AS YOU NEED THEM!

Grow Notes
Bush beans, also called dwarf beans, grow as bushes so staking them is optional.

Sow directly into a rich soil and keep mulched to improve water retention. When sowing do not allow soil to get too wet as beans can rot.

Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Pods are best eaten when young and tender. Let pods fully mature if growing for dried beans.

Sow
Sow direct at 20mm depth spaced 30cm apart in Autumn or Winter if temps stay above -12°C otherwise wait until Spring to plant. Rows should be spaced 60cm apart and be in full or part sun, with well-drained soil.

Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.

Germination
6-12 days at 21-25°C

Maturity
70 days to maturity, Annual plant.

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