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Vicia faba


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.

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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!

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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
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.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2019

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

Cairo Market is a short, very early fava. Pods contain one to five fairly small seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
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): $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
Sanuki Kotsuba

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

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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

Aztec Yellow is an early producer of short pods containing one to three large seeds. The seed coats are light yellow and the seeds are yellow right through. Try substituting these for chickpeas in a hummus-like spread/dip.

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

Cambridge Scarlet (1778) has red flowers and bright green seeds, small to medium in size.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 25 seeds
Annie Steffan’s

Annie Steffan’s has small blond seeds and is used for eating fresh or dry.

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