Broad beans

Broad beans (also field beans, bell beans, fava beans) have a long tradition as a staple food.

Broad beans
Broad beans

Broad beans – Fresh from Pfalzmarkt

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Cultivation & harvest

Broad beans thrive optimally on heavy, moist soils in a location that is as protected from the wind as possible. High humidity and plenty of rain are further conditions for the growth of the beans. The harvest time achieves availability from May to August.


The flat, irregularly shaped seeds can be used in many ways in the kitchen, while the shell of the beans is not suitable for consumption. Generally, the younger and smaller the seeds are, the tastier they are. Classically, broad beans are prepared with bacon as a side dish. In addition, broad beans can also be made into soups, purees or stews.


Fresh, unhulled broad beans can be stored in the fridge for several days. Removed from the shell, the cores spoil within a day.