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Broad Beans Violetta Fava Pers Boerboon seed

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The broad beans I grow are Violetta Fava, purple broad beans. I have grown them every year for almost 14 years and selected the best plants and seed over the years. Thus they are also well acclimatised to Montagu, Western Cape weather. It’s an easy to grow winter crop and helps to fix nitrogen into the soil. They can be consumed in many ways and in various stages of the growth of the beans. When they are dried the beans become purple, hence the name Violetta. The dried beans can also be stored for consumption later. The beans are very dear to me and it’s a great source of protein. At home we call them “Petrus se pers boerbone”…

Plant late March and though April. Harvest usually around September.

Pack contains 25 organic heirloom broad bean seeds.

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Violetta is a Broad Bean variety that seems to be commonly grown in parts of Italy. It has dark purple bean skins on maturity and the usual green inside. There can be some variation and some can just be a light green with a tinge of purple – or no purple at all. They tend to darken in colour as they dry out. They look distinctly purple and different from the Red Epicure variety.

The pods are generally fairly long and hold from 4-8 or sometimes more beans. They are a long growing variety and can be quite large plants that can stand up to about 1.5m high.

They are strong plants and can handle the weather well in the field and tend to only flop over a bit as they get loaded up with maturing beans.

There are two variations I have grown – one that flowers and pods up early (Early Violetta) and one that can take a while longer (Violetta). The early ones are often the first Broad Beans to show flowers in late winter and early spring.

The colour generally stays through cooking, and the have a good tasty and clean green broad bean flavour.

Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 10 × 5 × 1 cm

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