Fava beans, barely a week out of the ground and already looking like themselves. A short version of themselves, to be sure, but very fava like.
I love fava beans. A little mint and garlic, a drizzle of olive oil… In the salad, in the paella, with eggs, as a side dish, as appetizer. They go well with pork, with fish, or all by themselves.
November is supposed to be the right time to plant favas in our area. For years I didn’t manage to get them in the ground that early. February or even March was more likely to be the time for me. It works out reasonably well. However, fava beans like cool and moist weather so it is already too hot by the time the pods are ready to pick. Insect and fungal problems proliferate, so I always had the feeling that my yield was not that good, my season too short. There was definitely room for improvement.
Now I am in the middle of a timing experiment. I will plant fava beans at a two month interval from fall to early spring. I planted a batch in September, another one in November, will plant in January and March. Let’s see which batch stays healthier, is more productive and gives me the tastiest beans. I’ll keep you posted.
So far the September favas are getting ready to bloom although they seem too short to me. Our warm fall may have induced earlier blooming… The November batch is just out, all bright and new, ready to face the world. And the gardener? Taking notes and trying not to get too excited at the prospect of having fresh favas in a January. A lot can happen in a month…