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Bean, Broad, Favabean or Fava

Fava bean,Faba bean, Horse bean, English bean, Windsor bean, Haba, Tick bean, Cold bean, Silkworm bean

Leguminosae Vicia faba L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This type of bean is very important as a cool-season crop in Mediterranean areas and in cool regions of Europe, but is grown to only a limited extent in the U.S. Plants are erect annuals reaching 2 to 4 feet and very leafy. Pods are large and thick, 2 inches up to a foot or more in length. Seeds are large and flat. They are used as green-shell, the seeds removed from the pod before maturity, or as dry beans. They are also used as feed for livestock.


Season, planting to harvest: 4 to 5 months. Pod set to harvest, 30 to 60 days.

Production in U.S.: No data; very limited.

Use: Cooked vegetables and stock feed.

Part of plant consumed: Seeds for food; immature pods as snap-beans and whole plant for feed.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch