Encouraging home gardening and seed saving since 1986


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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