Broad beans like other varieties of beans, legumes and peas area member of the Fabaceae family. Broad beans aptly name ‘Vicia faba’ – ‘faba’ translates to ‘grower of the beans’. They are different in habit and appearance to any other bean variety. A cool-season crop, they are best grown in winter for spring harvest. They may take a long time to harvest, 16 to 18 weeks, but the magic bean is easy to grow for a vibrant flower display and a bumper crop.
Preparation time is a bit longer with this vegie as they have a tough and bitter outer case that needs to be remove before using. Once revealed, there is a bright, inner bean which is sweet and full of taste. They are a good source of fibre, high in protein, iron and zinc, great in a variety of dishes. Simply served blanched or lightly sautéed in butter as a side dish to meat, in a salad or for something different, try mashing them.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful bean harvest including tips along the way.