Organic Broad Bean, Ratio. Vicia faba.
Ratio is a new variety. It has a shorter habit, around 100cm high but is multi-branching leading to a high yield.
How to grow:
Under protection sow between January and February in deep pots and keep a cool place and plant outside after frosts.
Sow direct outside from end February to end of March in a sheltered place. Mulch with well rotted manure/compost, feed well.
Pinch out the top growth after about 4 sets of flowers have grown, this allows the plant to concentrate on the beans below instead of leaves above.
Stake taller plants. If they’re in a windy position give them some shelter.
Black fly like broad beans and spread disease, so spray with a environmentally friendly solution (a weak solution of Ecover washing up liquid), or you can rub them off between your fingers.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Delicious if you pick them young and eat them raw still in the pods like sugar snap peas. Use them in your favourite recipes. If you have a lot try broad bean humus, so good 🙂
Beans can be frozen for use later.
An ancient crop, one of the oldest we cultivated. It’s exact origin is up for debate but it seems it was around the fertile crescent/north Egypt area. We’ve heard an interesting story, thank you Conor, that in Co Tyrone broad beans are particularly popular because a land owner gave out broad beans to his tenants during the famine.
Avg contents: 35 seeds.