Thinking ahead by planting Fava Beans
Some Fava Beans can be planted in late summer to get an early spring harvest. Favas are broad beans that have a long and storied history in the Mediterranean where they were on the first cultivated plants. They can also be grown as a cover crop to prevent erosion and because they are legumes, they fix nitrogen in the soil.
If Windsors or Negreta favas are planted in the late summer, they will overwinter in areas where winter temperatures as they are very frost hardy. Windsor will take temperatures down to 12 degrees! They take about 240 days to mature and so they will be ripe in spring before most any other crop is ready. The plants stand 3 to 4 feet high and have large pods.
The beans can be eaten when young and tender or cooked when mature and pureed into a variety of tasty snacks and dips when mixed with garlic and spices. Now they have become common in this form in gourmet restaurants. Their versatility of uses as a cover crop, an early vegetable and a gourmet treat make them worth a try in your garden.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at July 19, 2011 5:14 PM