Sweet Lorane Fava Bean
An Open Pollinating breeding breakthrough!
Growers have long hoped for an edible harvest from their cover crop. Now we have one.
This 'bell bean' type fava is a robust, highly productive winter & spring cover crop, growing 5-6' tall. Sweet Lorane has been selected for its edible seeds. Open Pollinated recurrent selective breeding has removed the bitterness from these beans!
Grown by: Alan Adesse and Hands on Organics in Willamette Valley Oregon
Germination days: 12
Grow days: 80
Place of origin: Oregon USA
Breeder: Alan Adesse
Variety Info: This variety was originally developed from a purple bell bean by plant breeder Steve Solomon. He specifically selected for winter hardiness and sturdiness. He also discovered that there was a better flavor in the occasional seeds with a lighter green hilum (the small scar that is the seed equivalent of a belly button). At that point, Alan Adesse, an experienced organic seed farmer from Oregon, took over the breeding project. Within just a few years of hard selection, he developed this excellent, hardy, high-yielding edible fava bean. We recommend this versatile variety...still a great cover crop as well as a tasty, high-protein food! Plants benefit from trellising but it can be grown unsupported as well.
Planting depth: 3.0"
Seeds per pound: 800
Seeds per Ounce: 50
When to plant: Fall, Winter, Spring
How to grow: Sow favas around first frost date in zones 7-9, or earlier if ground normally freezes. Mulch is helpful, but be watchful for slugs. Zones 3-6, plant in spring as early as the ground can be worked. The best stands are sown 3 inches deep, but can also be broadcast if well raked in. Use Garden Combo inoculant for best results. best growth and frost-resistance of they have organic matter in the soil, and seaweed products as supplements. Frost-resistant to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
50 True Breeding Seeds
500 True Breeding Seeds