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Broad Bean

Vicia faba

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White with black blotch, appearing in clusters.
Fruit:
Long green pods which contain the beans.
Leaves:
Compound leaves. The 5-9 leaflets are oval and without toothed edges.
Maximum Size:
180cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The pods and beans can be eaten raw or cooked, and even the leaves are edible, also raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Sweet-smelling. Some say this flower smells of apples.
Other Names:
Broad Vetch, English Bean, European Bean, Faba Bean, Fava Bean, Field Bean, Horse Bean, Straight Bean, Tic Bean, Tick Bean.
Habitats:
Farmland.