85 days. Reward your taste buds! Young pods
can be eaten like snap beans. Pinch
off the foliage tips for one of spring’s
tastiest greens. Best of all, shell the
beans and cook when still green for a
sweet, flavorful treat. The beautiful
white and black flowers on an upright
plant make Windsor pretty enough to
use in flower beds! Grow favas in cool
conditions, while temperatures are
below 70°F. Neither a “pole” nor a
“bush” type bean, the 2' - 4' tall favas
require staking only in high wind areas.
This packet sows two 9-foot rows.
CAUTION: People with the rare genetic condition called Favism (G6PD deficient) should not handle seeds, consume fava beans, or inhale its pollen.
Days to Emerge:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED: 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost. Cold climates: Very early spring, when soil temperatures are as low as 40°F. Sow “when the crocus emerge!” Mild climates: Can also be sown early to mid-winter for spring harvest. Mulch plants if temperatures below 32°F are expected.
When to start inside: Not recommended.
Special germination instructions: Soak seed for 12 - 24 hours before sowing.
Harvesting: Favas are at the peak of flavor just before the hilums, the saddle-shaped scar at the end of the seed turns brown. Fava beans can be harvested during several stages of development: a) when young, 2"–3" long to be eaten whole, b) when the pod shell turns green and the bean is a light green color to use the beans fresh, or c) when shell turns hard and brown and seeds inside are dry to store on the shelf for cooking at a later date.
Artist: Suzanne S. Strear