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Basic Collection Information and Status
Fava Bean (Vicia faba, Fabaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site Arizona, United States (latitude: 33°; altitude: 4,600 ft / 1,400 m)
Collection Year 1994
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Originally from Magdelena, Sonora but collected by NS/S from a farmer growing them in Aravaipa Canyon, AZ. Vigorous bushy plants bear large light green to tan seeds.
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Characterization and Evaluation
There are currently no observational data available for this accession. If you have made observations of this accession and are willing to share them, please contact us.
|Fava Bean Introduction||Cultivation Instructions||Seed Saving Instructions|
|Fava beans, or broad beans, were domesticated in the Near East several thousand years ago. Eat them fresh or dry. As nitrogen fixers, they make a great cover crop.||Plant in fall in the low desert. Improve germination by soaking overnight then prechilling seed in moist paper towel in the refrigerator for 3 days before planting. Plant 1" deep and 8" apart. If insect population is low, gently shake flowering plants daily to encourage fruit set.||Generally self-pollinating, but can cross with other varieties via insects. Let seeds mature and dry on the bush. The pods will turn dark brown, dry & wrinkled. Shell before storing.|