BROAD BEANS

 

 

 

 

Hsipaw

I found this lovely broad bean in a seed shop in the town of Hsipaw in Shan state Myanmar. The shop-keeper was about to throw a small box of seed – her last – away because no one was growing them any more.  She gave them to me and despite the fact they had been poorly stored for many years I was able to get a number to germinate.  This is a very fast-growing variety with good crops of short pods containing four or five fat and delicious beans.  If I had not seen them behind her counter this heirloom would have been lost for ever.

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Red Epicure. (2020 seed)  A lovely maincrop broad bean.  The seeds turn red when ripe and can be eaten as they take on colour.  Widely available still commercially

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Syrian Small.  (2022 seed) I discovered this heritage broad bean in Damascus where it is eaten in spring whole like a French bean.  Very heavy crops yield tasty bright green beans.  Rare and delicious.  Suitable for growing overwinter with some protection

2023 SEED AVAILABLE

 

Syrian Giant Fava (2022 seed) I was given seed of this ancient heirloom by a chef in Palmyra where he had used the beans in a salad.  Grown to be eaten as a dried bean, cooked and skinned they are magnificent in Middle-eastern cuisine.  One of the oldest fava beans I grow and very rare.

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