Martoc Fava Bean
(Vicia faba); Minimum 20 seeds
A reliable protein source, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, fava beans, also known as broad beans or bell beans, are an ancient crop thought first added to the Mediterranean diet prior to 6000 BC. Martoc takes its name from England's Somerset village of Martock where records of broad bean cultivation date back to the 12th century. Dried Martoc beans sustained medieval peasants throughout the winters in soups and stews and are a versatile present day pantry staple.
Favas prefer cooler conditions so are best planted when one sows peas. Martoc's plants get leggy and benefit from some support to keep them from lodging. White flowers with their black dots characteristic of favas produce clusters of upright pods each holding 2-4 brown beans that are on the smaller chubbier side of favas.