Vicia faba 'Bunyards Exhibition'
Also known as
Fava Bean, Faba Bean, Horse Bean, Field Bean
Broad beans can be harvested throughout late Spring and early Summer. Flowers and pods are ready to harvest within 3 to 4 months of sowing.
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Broad Bean Overview
Preferring cool and moist conditions, this bean makes a reliable winter crop. Establishing itself very quickly, they are an ideal variety for children to grow. The glossy plump pods produce tender meaty white beans, that when cooked have a lovely creamy texture. Broad beans are part of the legume family - adding Nitrogen to the area planted with the help of mycorrhizal organisms. It serves as a soil conditioner for new soils or depleted areas and is important in the rotation of vegetable beds. 'Bunyards Exhibition' is a wonderful Spring sown variety that is the most popular early English white longpod. A heavy cropping cultivar that produces 6-8 beans per pod.
Common problems with Broad Bean
Broad Bean Companion Plants
How to propagate Broad Bean
Soak beans between 2-3 hours. Sow during autumn and winter. Space each seed 20 cm apart and plant to a depth of 25 mm. The average germination time is 10 days.
Special features of Broad Bean
The bean is Nitrogen fixing, therefore broccoli, kale or cabbage are an ideal next crop.
Other uses of Broad Bean
Used in a variety of dishes as well as being eaten boiled.