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Broad Bean

Broad Bean Vicia faba

One of the hardiest vegetables. It can be sown in late autumn for cropping early the following year, which often avoids the ravages of blackfly, or early in the spring to give maximum yield without the risk of winter losses. Sow direct in free draining, fertile soil, spacing 25cm in the row, 60cm between rows, or equidistantly at 20cm in a deep bed. Plant 5cm deep. Irrigate only if conditions are particularly dry when the pods begin to mature. Alternatively, grow in wooden crates, if you have the room indoors, and transplant to their final positions when around 5-10cm tall. Tall varieties will need staking with canes and string. Harvest from May onwards when the young, immature pods can be cooked whole. Dried beans also store well. To save your own seed, grow a single variety only.

Bacardi

This variety produces two or three branches from its base, pure white flowers and a plentiful supply of pods; reaching a final height of about 1m. When we grew this variety at Ryton we found that it is a prolific producer averaging around five seeds per pod. We would love to know what you think of its flavour.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Bowlands Beauty

Donated by Jennifer Russell who was given seed by Yorkshire man George Bowland, a retired farm worker who had grown this variety for nearly 40 years. Jennifer wanted them named after George, “in honour of a real gem of a person.” This is a tall variety that can be sown in January for June cropping, often producing 35-45cm pods, each containing 8-12 seeds. They have a great flavour and freeze well.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Chak'rusga

New for 2011. Donated by Owen Smith this hardy, large seeded variety is making its first appearance in the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Catalogue this year. It produces multi-branched plants around 1m in height, with around 6-10 pods per stem. Best eaten young when the flavour is excellent.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Crimson Flowered

The Heritage Seed Library’s most well known variety, used to promote our work to conserve and distribute heritage varieties. It was originally given to HSL in 1978 by Rhoda Cutbush of Kent. We do not know the exact age of this variety, but crimson-flowered broad beans were mentioned as long ago as 1778. A beautiful bean in flower, followed by small upright pods that are delicious picked young and cooked whole or left longer on the plant for the small, tender, deep green beans. Seed Guardian Sue Atherley of Croxteth Hall, Liverpool notes that it is “a compact plant, hardy in all weathers, producing glorious crimson velvet flowers. Flowering time is indeed a stunning sight”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Mr Jones

These seeds were passed to our donor, Nick Thursfield, by a neighbour whose father was sent them during WWII as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign. He has grown the variety ever since. Mr Jones grows quickly and may need support. Best suited to spring sowing, it produces white flowers with black streaks and a lovely scent, followed by small pods containing 4-5 beans.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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