Monday, June 4, 2012

Fava beans



It was exciting to harvest these fava beans yesterday off the plants grown from seed sown in the garden in January! The preparation process includes shelling the beans, steaming them for one minute, then removing the outer coating. Here is a link to the instructions with photographs of each step as well as recipes for using the beans. We are adding them to salads. They are bright green and delicious.

Last year I made the mistake of picking the pods too early. This year I waited until they were 5-7" long.

This is an easy plant to grow, provides a very satisfying harvest while improving the quality of the soil through the process of nitrogen fixation.

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