Ancient Mediterranean food plant,
Those grown primarily for food are called Favas.
Those used primarily for cover cropping are called Bell Beans.
Cool-weather crops that enrich the soil. Need temps from 40-55F so plant very early spring, (fall in southern and coastal areas.) Use as salad greens like edamame, or as dry beans--a real self-sufficiency crop. Try interplanting with savory to repel aphids. Days to maturity is for spring planting--fall planted, they will grow as weather permits.
Cultivated and used much like garden peas.
CAUTION: A few people are violently allergic to favas, especially raw. If new to you, try carefully!
Vicia faba / C,W/Matures 11-26/Harvest 1-3 dry/Yield 5-18/Spacing 8"