Broad beans, sometimes referred to as faba or fava beans, are a great source of fibre and protein as well as containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broad beans (Vicia faba) are a fantastic bean to sow during June, that will yield heavy crops of beans in around 4 - 5 months time.
Yates® Broad Bean ‘Coles Prolific’ is a compact, sturdy and hardy variety that produces a heavy crop of nutty-flavoured beans in 15-20 cm long pods. It’s a semi-dwarf broad bean that grows to around 1 m tall. The young pods can be sliced, cooked and eaten as a green vegetable or the pods shelled and the beans used in delicious dishes like avocado and broad bean dip, sautéed garlic broad beans & bacon and chicken and broad bean casserole.
Here are the simple steps to grow your very own broad beans:
Broad bean tip: If temperatures are low in early spring broad beans can drop their flower buds. This is natural and new flowers will quickly follow.