What Is It? Wednesday – Fava Beans

Fava beans or broad beans.

Fava beans or broad beans.
Zack Snipes, ©2024, Clemson Extension

This crop growing on John’s Island in Charleston are fava beans or broad beans. They are grown in small acreages in South Carolina. They are grown in the cooler times of the year and have a similar growing cycle to a sweet or English pea.  They are legumes, so they add nitrogen to the soil where they are grown. They are a great addition to the garden, CSA box, or farmers market stand and help to break up the winter boredom of greens.

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