A cool weather treat, broads, or fava, beans, have never been particularly popular with Americans.. Maybe Hannibal Lecter turned us off or maybe having to peel each bean individually is the reason you don't see them in many gardens. I think that's a pity, because they are one of the earliest vegetables to harvest in the spring, outside of the super early greens. Those of you in Zones 6 and warmer can even plant them in the fall and reap your reward even earlier.
If you like to embrace the seasons in your garden, try a few broad beans this spring. Here are some growing tips and a few recipes to get you started. My English friends out there and anyone else who has already become a broad bean convert, I'd love to hear which ones your grow and how you use them.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti