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"

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Bell Beans

A vigorous type of fava bean, often mixed with peas, vetch, radish, and wheat for cover cropping. Grows 3-6 feet, produces much organic matter for composting...
  • Square foot coverage: 60
  • Planting depth: 3
  • Days to maturity: 70-182

Bell Beans, one pound

One pound of bell beans. Limit 5 lbs. Limit on bulk orders of mixed varieties is ten 1 lb packets. Seed is untreated. A vigorous adaptable type of fava ...
  • Square foot coverage: 60
  • Planting depth: 3
  • Days to maturity: 70-182

D'Aquadulce a Tres Longue Cosse Fava Bean

Best flavor, but not as hardy as smaller types Strong, upright plants to 3' are grown like peas. Overwinters in zones 8-10Heirloom from before 1885.Bears 7-8...
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Spacing: 8
  • Planting depth: 1-2

Sweet Lorane Fava Bean

The first fava to combine the good flavor of the large-seeded garden types with the coldhardiness of the small-seeded cover crop favas. Bred by Steve Solomon...
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  • Planting depth: 3
  • Germination days: 8-16