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.
CAUTION: People with the rare genetic condition called Favism (G6PD deficient) should not consume fava beans.
Days to Emerge:
This packet sows two 10-foot rows.
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Cold winter climates: Very early spring, when soil temperatures are as low as 35°F. Sow “when the crocus emerge!” Mild winter climates: Can also be sown early to midwinter 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: Beans 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