Growing Fava Beans

Growing Fava Beans

This year was a first for me growing fava Beans or Broad Beans.  Basically I amended the soil and dug my furrows and planted my fava bean seeds about 4 inches apart and planted 2 rows, each row about 13 feet long.  I watered them every day for about 10 minutes in morning and ten minutes in the evening until the seeds sprouted.  Then every 3 days or so, depending on the heat of the summer.  I planted them the first part of June, I know I was late planting but that’s  the time I got around to plant.  I’m just beginning to harvest them in late July.

They have been very easy to take care of no bugs or disease so far and my green bush beans are planted next to them and are attaching themselves to my fava bean plants.

Fava beans taste like green peas and are yummy in salads, dips and roasted.

See below how to remove skins or casings on the fava beans.

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Below are to methods of removing the skins or casings on the fava beans.  I found the blanching method to be the fastest and easiest.

Growing Fava Beans

Blanching Fava Beans

 

In a sauce pot filled with enough water to cover your fava beans (fava beans removed from pods).  Then on medium heat bring them to a boil for 2-3 minutes and try to remove skin on one fava bean, if the skin doesn’t remove easily cook another minute or so…

Drain the water or use a spider strainer (Bambo Skimmer) to scoop out the beans, place them in a bowl of ice water to cool them down quickly and then remove their skins and discard skins.  Use them in salads, humus type dip or soups and etc…

Tip:  Freeze blanched fava beans in the freezer in a labeled/dated pint size freezer bag filled 3/4 full with air removed from filled bags. (I use a straw for removing the air in the filled bags) use them within 6 months to a year.

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Flash Freezing Fava Beans

Remove fava beans from their pods and place on a quarter baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 30- 40 minutes.  Then remove them from the freeze and allow them to thaw about 10-15 minutes.  Then remove the outer skin, use in recipes like salads, soups, roasted or enjoy eating them fresh or smashed making a fava type humus dip for breads, crackers and…

Growing Fava Beans

Growing Fava Beans

Growing Fava Beans

Growing Fava Beans

Happy Gardening!

Lindy

Spring Garden Flowers and Seed Planting 2016

 

Spring Flowers and Seeds 2016
Spring Flowers and Seeds 2016

Pictures of whats blooming in our yard (Zone 4) this spring and seeds we are planting.

Start a garden today to have a great harvest in the fall and food to store for winter.  Below is a selection of the seeds we grow in zone 4.  Also see our Gardening section  for more gardening tips and planting.

Seed list for Planting 2016

*2 pounds Pontiac Potatoes (1 pound potatoes will plant about 10 feet in garden)
*3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
*Dulce Grande Onions, bunch starts (last 3-6 months in cold storage, dig up in the fall)
*Red Zeppelin Onions, bunch starts (last about 4-5 months in storage, dig up in the fall
*Red Shallots, 7 bulb starts
*Long White Bunching onions, 1/16 ounce
*Detroit Dark Red Beets, 1/8 ounce
*Blue Lake Bush Beans, 1/4 pound
*Slenderette Bean, 1/4 pound
*English Broad (Fava) Beans, 1/4 Pound
*Sweetness Hybrid Carrot 1/8 ounce
*Nantes Coreless Carrots, 1/8 ounce
*Parsnips, 1/4 ounce
*Ambrosia Corn, 1/4 pound
*Spacemaster Cucumber, 1/32 ounce
*Boston Pickling Cucumber, 1/16 ounce
*Fanfare Cucumber, 1/32 ounce
*Basil Herb, 1/64 ounce
*Chives Herb, 1/64 ounce
*Coriander (Cilantro) Herb, 1/64 ounce
*Long Island Dill Herb, 1/64 ounce
*Rosemary Herb, 1/128 ounce
*Stevia Herb, 2 seeds
*Dwarf Blue Curled Kale, 1/16 ounce
*Curled Herb Parsley, 1/64 ounce
*Flat Italian Herb Parsley, 1/64 ounce
*Buttercrunch Lettuce, 1/32 ounce
*5 Way Blend Lettuce, 1/32 ounce
*Outback Romaine Lettuce, 1/32 ounce
*Correnta Spinach, 1/8 ounce
*Perpetual Chard, 1/8 ounce
*Victory Freezer Pea, 1/4 pound
*Little Marvel Pea, 1/4 pound
*Lincoln Pea, 1/4 pound
*Early Frost Pea, 1/4 pound
*Cherry Belle Radish, 1/8 ounce
*Acorn Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Butternut Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin, 1/16 ounce
*Cinderella Pumpkin, 1/16 ounce
*Big Max Pumpkin, 1/16 ounce
*Baby Boo Pumpkin, 1/32 ounce
*Lumina Pumpkin, 1/32 ounce
*Fancy Crookneck Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Spacemiser Zucchini Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Spaghetti Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Buttercup Squash, 1/16 ounce
*Pink Girl Tomato, 100 mg
*Roma Tomato, 100 mg
We also planted 2 bare-root  Heritage Raspberries
We get our seeds from Anderson’s Seed and Garden
Have Fun Planting!

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Succulents

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Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox

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Karl Rosenfield Peony Buds

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Anemone Blanda ‘Blue Shades’

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Newport Flowering Plum

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Bleeding Hearts

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Red Knock Out Roses

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Red Climbing Roses

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Autumn Blaze Maple

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Common Purple Lilac

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Common Purple Lilac Buds

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Forsythia

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McIntosh Apple Buds

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Flaming Fury Peach Tree Flowers

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Darwin Tulips

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Lily Flower Tulips

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Double Flower Tulips

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Happy Spring!

Lindy