Botanical name: Vicia faba Family: Fabaceae (pea family)
The fava bean is a large, cool weather bean excellent for growing in coastal climates or in warm areas, during cool winter months. Beans can be eaten ripe, or pods can be picked and cooked, much like peas. Pods generally mature in 120+ days from seed. Plants are usually 2-4ft tall, and produce many ornamental white-purple flowers. The exact origin of the fava bean is unknown, but it is beleived to be native to Central Asia and the Eastern Meditteranean. It has long been cultivated and has spread across all populated continents as a food plant.
The flower labeled Broad Bean is ...