It was fun to grow fava beans at our house, and they were surprisingly productive considering we only planted a small area! They're large and tasty and we had enough to save for planting this year too.
The Broad Windsor was listed in 1863. This fava's glossy green pods contain 5-7 oblong, flat, beans. The broad bean is the hardiest of the beans and can be sown in the spring, survive the winter frosts, and be harvested in early summer. All parts of the fava plant are edible. The seeds are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and have been a cornerstone of human nutrition for thousands of years. The beans may be eaten fresh and properly dried beans will keep for three years. Leaves of the fava plant can be preparing similarly to spinach.
Approx. 20 seeds per packets