Feature - Broad Beans

              

Broad Bean

So often referred to as the ‘humble’ broad bean when in reality it has a history of cultivation back to the stone age. Grown throughout the Mediterranean and Europe these beans go by many names such as fava, faba, horse, tic, lima, madagasca, ful and gigantes. When dried they are also known as butterbeans. In the UK we often simply shell and cook the beans and serve with a parsley sauce or gravy. However there are many fabulous recipes that will forever change this humble bean into an outstanding flavoursome experience.

Recipe

Habas con Jamon: 2kg broad beans, 50-100ml olive oil, 100-150g Spanish dry cured ham (such as Serrano, dice or tear the ham), 2 cloves of garlic (crush or chop finely) and 2 shallots (finely chopped).
Shell the beans, unless they are baby broad beans you will then need to skin them. Saute the shallots and garlic in a little olive oil. Add the beans and ham and reduce the heat, cooking until the beans are tender. Serve in bowls, drizzle with oil, season, sprinkle with chopped herbs such as parsley, mint or fennel and some fresh bread. Eat and Enjoy


 

Broad Bean Stereo vegetable seeds
Broad Bean Stereo
This is unusual in that it produces small pods with about 5 beans in each. However the flavour is simply outstanding, these are very high quality beans. Price for 40 seeds
1.50 GBP
Plus shipping and handling
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Broad Bean Witkeim Manita
With this variety you can produce very early crops from Spring sowing. This is the bean to go for if you miss out or do not want to sow in the autumn. It has both a high yield and a fine taste. Price for 40 seeds
1.50 GBP
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Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia
This versatile bean is a member of the Aquadulce family making it ideal for Autumn sowing or indeed Spring sowing. Over wintering will give you an earlier crop otherwise harvest in early to mid summer. It has long pods with 6/7 white beans giving you a high yield, they are a good choice for freezing. Grows to 90cm high. Price for 40 seeds
1.30 GBP
Plus shipping and handling
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Broad Bean Bunyards Exhibition ,vegetable seeds
Broad Bean Bunyards Exhibition
This traditional variety is renowned for its reliability and flavour. This heavy cropping bean (5-8 beans per pod) is a tall plant (to 135cm), although you can pinch out the tops (and use as greens) to restrict the height. Price for 40 seeds
1.50 GBP
Plus shipping and handling
Available from stock