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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.

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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Red Epicure

Red Epicure has chestnut red seeds and claims to taste somewhat like chestnuts.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Copper Fava

Copper Fava is late maturing with medium-sized deep copper seeds. Pods are upright containing 1 to 3 seeds, in bunches of 2 to 4 pods per cluster.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
MB5 Red

MB5 Red is a good producer of small to medium dusky red seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Sanuki Kotsuba

Sanuki Kotsuba is a Japanese cultivar with small mahogany red seeds.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
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