Fava Bean, Aprovecho Select (Organic)

Vicia faba.

The legendary fava! The biggest fava bean seed we have ever seen and the taste is delicious. The giant plants yield heavily with pods containing four big green seeds each. The young leaves and shoots also make a delicious salad green. Nearly lost forever, or at least from commerce, this fava bean is one of the best and it was difficult tracking it down. We searched for years and found only two people that had any seed left. These last two sources were our friends Taylor Zeigler of Eugene, Oregon and Heike-Marie Eubanks of Myrtle Point, Oregon, two paragons of the Oregon seed saving scene. Selected for hardiness and flavor by Ianto Evans at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Both Ianto and Aprovecho are pillars of the permaculture and appropriate technology movement. It is a delight to have this fava bean in our catalog.

2 oz ≈ 20 seeds

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Geographical Origin


Direct sow 2″ deep mid-September to late October, or February to March for spring sowings. Plant 8″ apart in rows spaced 1′ apart. Favas don’t do well in the heat; late spring through summer plantings are not recommended.

Seed Saving

Harvest seed from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing on the dry pods, winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry beans shatter, moist beans squish. Once seeds are clean and dry, freeze to kill weevils. Fava beans cross-pollinate; isolate from other varieties by a minimum of a ¼ mile to guarantee seed purity.

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    Days of Maturity?


    Where did you grow this variety? Oregon

    Please list the maturity dates for your Fava Beans, especially, Fava Bean, Aprovecho Select & Fava Bean, Ianto’s Return. Thanks.

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  2. Leila


    My favorite Fava to date. This far out-performs Windsor and like Favas…if you are going to go through the effort, you want your beans to be big, and these consistently are the largest I have grown!

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