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Other Pulse/Legume Crops


This is a small collection of edible pod, edible seed, forage and plough down crops (as well as decorative!). Some are good for generally one of these uses (like winged pea’s edible pods), others (like Vicia faba) can be used for all four purposes. All legumes are good at replenishing nitrogen in the soil but the first five (not including winged pea) crops listed here are specifically grown for fixing nitrogen. In order to do so, the green plant material needs to be worked into the soil. We have larger quantities of some older seed of a few of these crops and would be willing to sell it at a bulk price.

Express

Express is said to be the fastest maturing variety available and produces an excellent yield on approx. 1m tall plants. Light coloured medium to large seeds apparently freeze well as they do not discolour. This variety has received a British RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Award of Garden Merit.

OUT OF STOCK FOR THE REST OF 2020

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Albina

This variety came to us from Spain. It is said to be best as a fresh baby fava, with sweet and tender seeds. Plants are relatively short, about 1m in height, 4-6 medium sized seeds per pod.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Belgian Red-Flowered

Belgian Red-Flowered has red flowers and bright green seeds, small to medium in size. This sample came to us from Peter Bauwens of “De Nieuwe Tuin”. Heads up, website is in Dutch, but browse anyway and check out their amazing photographs!

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Petite Lac-St-Jean

The earliest French settlers brought broad beans with them to Quebec. They are still popular in the Northern regions like Lac St. Jean and Charlevoix where it is too cool to grow common beans easily. They are traditionally used to make fresh broad bean soup. The small to medium seeds are in pods containing 1-4 seeds. Find an interesting Seeds of Diversity Quebec fava article and recipe for traditional soup here!

OUT OF STOCK FOR THE REST OF 2020

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Ianto’s Return

A selection made from favas collected by Ianto Evans, the breeder of Aprovecho Select, to develop a fall-seeded (cold tolerant) fresh eating broad bean for the West Coast and other mild winter areas. The medium to large seeds are in pods with 1-4 seeds/pod. The seeds range from blond to mauve to purple with most in the mauve/purple range.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Andy’s Broad Bean

Andy’s Broad Bean comes from a collector in BC who has been selecting this cultivar for several decades. The longest pods contain 6-8 large green seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Earth Lentil

A sample of this beautiful lentil came to us from a seed saving workshop attendee in Lac La Biche, AB. The person didn’t know the name of the variety so we have simply named it after what it looks like, a beautiful green planet swirled with blue marbling. A small seeded lentil, probably originally cultivated exclusively in the Puy area in the Auvergne, a volcanic area in the center of France.



Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Black Chickpea

This is a medium sized black chickpea producing reliably in our short season. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans have been grown for centuries as an important food staple rich in protein, B vitamins and calcium. Plants grow to 2’ with numerous inflated pods each holding one or two charcoal black seeds. Seed as early as possible in the spring.



Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
5B’s Choice

5B’S Choice is a very long podded fava from Full Circle seeds where they say: “Selected for size and number of beans per pod for 80 years, first by David Barton and then by Peter Robin, who passed them on to our farm.”

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Russian

Black Russian fava is a fairly early producer of medium seeds, solid black with some purplish highlights. Seed came to us from a Belgian collector.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch is a quick growing legume used as a green manure crop. The 4’-5’ sprawling plants are covered with attractive bluish-purple flowers. It is treated as an annual although some plants may winter over, and it may also self seed. It will fix more nitrogen if inoculated with a broad bean/fava inoculant.

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Price(s): $12.00, $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams, 125 grams
Winged Pea/Asparagus Pea

Winged Pea is a low growing sprawling plant with bright red-orange flowers. The edible pods must be harvested before they are 1” long. They can be eaten raw but are probably better stir-fried, and are said to taste like asparagus.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Tinga

Tinga has lovely pink “sweet pea” flowers and small dark seeds. The vines are about 4’ long with very slender leaves. The plants are used for forage or for a green manure crop.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 grams
Greenfix

Greenfix is another recent selection of Lathyrus sativus and has darker, sometimes speckled seeds, and a mixture of blue and pink flowers. It is used as a green manure in very dry areas.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Blond Grass Pea

This is a more recent selection of Lathyrus sativus. Blond Grass Pea has blond seeds and white flowers and was selected for human consumption to contain less of the neurotoxin.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Grass Pea

Grass Peas (Horse Lentils) look like large angular grey green lentils. The plants are pretty with their finely divided leaves and blue flowers. Cook like a dry pea. However, eaten in large quantities the neurotoxin present can be harmful, causing Lathyrism (paralysis of lower extremities). Main purpose is as a nitrogen fixing plant for soil health.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Small Ilumán

Rachelle spent a couple of months in Ilumán, Ecuador a few years ago and brought some favas from the local market. Small Ilumán has pods in clusters of 3 or 4. There are 1-4 small to medium blond seeds per pod.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Ilumán

Rachelle spent a couple of months in Ilumán, Ecuador a few years ago and brought some favas from the local market. Ilumán has large elongated pale green seeds, usually with 1-3 seeds per pod.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Martock

Martock is a village in Somerset which has given its name to the oldest broad bean cultivar in England, where records of it go back to the 12th century. The upright pods are in clusters and usually contain 2-4 small, almost round tan seeds, like modern field favas. In medieval times, Martock beans were usually dried and then subsequently used in soups, stews and gruels, the mainstay of the medieval peasants’ winter diet. Jim grew two samples of this fava which proved to be different so we are offering them both, under the names they came with. Martock is later and taller and better yielding. Its flowers have additional pale purple streaks across the white petals.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Martoc

Martock is a village in Somerset which has given its name to the oldest broad bean cultivar in England, where records of it go back to the 12th century. The upright pods are in clusters and usually contain 2-4 small, almost round tan seeds, like modern field favas. In medieval times, Martock beans were usually dried and then subsequently used in soups, stews and gruels, the mainstay of the medieval peasants’ winter diet. Jim grew two samples of this fava which proved to be different so we are offering them both, under the names they came with. Martoc is the shorter and earlier of the two with the typical white flowers with a black dot in the centre.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Coffee Bean

Coffee Bean was sent to Jim from the Prince Albert area with the information that the small seeds were roasted and used as a coffee substitute. Seeds are tan, heavily mottled with black.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Snowbird

Snowbird is a recent cultivar of a small-seeded field fava as early as Orion. It is usually grown to be a protein supplement in animal feed. Its pure white flowers and blond seeds indicate that it is tannin-free, which makes the seed more digestible.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Orion

Orion is a field fava bred by Agriculture Canada from an initial cross in 1975. This is a short, very early, cultivar with small round to oblong seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Bell

Bell is a small seeded fava that is fall seeded for a cover crop in areas where the winters are mild. Cook the seeds fresh or dried.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Black Fava

Black Fava has solid black navy bean sized seeds. The short upright pods are borne in clusters on medium height plants.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
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