Fava Beans for a winter crop or a cover crop

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by DKR, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Many Monkeys live in an area that will support a winter cover crop - may I suggest Fava (Broad) beans. If a pic = 1000 words, these related videos should give you the full story on Fava beans.

    First - the bean
    Quite a bit here in the Wiki

    Very good video by a couple of experts talking about Fava beans as a winter (or wet) cover crop or just a crop.

    Nicely done Fava bean garden crop video - all about planting, care and harvest.

    Anchorage is cold and wet, even in the summer, I'm putting Fava beans in my (old) potato beds this next summer. I'm hoping they will do well. The beans can be dried for long term storage and are high in both protein and fiber.

    Additionally, Fava bean microgreens in the winter add a ton of vitamins to your diet.

    Hope you enjoyed this Fava bean thread, I'll post something later on my microgreens this winter, almost as easy as sprouts, with a different flavor. The seeds are more expensive than Alfalfa or wheat for sprouting, but a little goes a long way.
    Keep in mind I raise snow (sugar) peas in the garden to have something to snack on as I weed....
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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I like the microgreens idea for winter salads!!
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  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    I hear they go well with Liver!
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  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I'll take your word for it ---
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  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

  6. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    And "A Nice Chianti"
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  7. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    The Lima Bean originated in South America, believed Guatemala, and the Family name is: Phaseolus lunatus. The Broad Bean or Fava Bean originated in Northern Africa, it's family name is: Vicia faba. Both Lima and Fava Beans are Legumes and the Genus is Fabaceae. They do not taste the same.

    Lima beans are more than just related to butter beans, they are the same thing! In the South, lima beans are often called butter beans and in the UK they almost exclusively refer to them as butter beans. It seems like a lot of people don't like lima beans.
    Funny - I HATE Lima beans. Can't say way other than the horrible taste and texture.

    OTOH, Martha likes Fava beans
    15 Fava Bean Recipes You Need to Try This Spring
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  8. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator


    [beat] martha
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  9. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    They say sprouting and juicing is one of the most nutritious.
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