Broad Beans — Flowers dying and not fruiting

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Q: The broad beans I planted to grow up the side of my shed seemed to be doing well and were producing lots of flowers. Then I noticed the bottom flowers were dying off (shrivelling and then turning black). I checked for insects and didn’t find any, but sprayed the leaves and stems with a soap solution, being careful to avoid any flowers, just in case. The flowers are still dying. I’m losing more and more up the plants. There is some ‘nibble’ damage along the edges of some leaves. The only insects I can see are quite a lot of small ants. They seem to be drinking from the flowers. Could they be killing them? If so, what can I do? If not, what else should I be looking for/doing? The beans share the shed with some pole peas that don’t seem to be affected by the same problem. There are winter lettuces, kale, one green bean plant and a few everbearing strawberries planted at the base of the beans and peas.

Ants in general do not chew on plants. They are just taking nectar from the flowers back to their colony.

Flowers dying or simply dropping off can be due to either temperature or soil moisture. Broad beans (Vicia faba) thrive in cool, moist conditions such as heavily manured soil that is well-drained. Best planted from Oct. to Nov. in milder areas or Feb. to May for other locales.

I do not believe temperature is an issue, either being too cool or too hot. We have not had any appreciative heat wave, e.g. over 30 C. But this has been a drier spring as our precipitation year to date (Vancouver Int. Airport) is below normal. Give plants a good soaking once or twice a week plus maintain a good layer of organic mulch to stabilize soil moisture.

Growing, Harvesting and Shelling Fava Beans

I admit it — if fava beans weren’t so good for the soil, I likely wouldn’t grow them at all, edible or not. Hidden inside those fat long pods are handfuls of delicious beans, but they make you work for it. Really work for it.

Shelling the beans is a labor-intensive process, one that should be done on a (not so) lazy Sunday around the kitchen table or on the back porch while you watch your kids play. You might even enlist your kids to help, or bribe a friend to do it with you. It’s a lot of time to spend on a bean.

But despite the seemingly neverending shucking involved, fava beans have a buttery goodness that you don’t find in other beans, making the toilsome undertaking a true treasure hunt.

Fava beans (Vicia faba) are also known as faba beans, broad beans, horse beans, field beans, and Windsor beans. These Old World beans hail from Europe and are among the most ancient crops to be cultivated, dating back to at least 6000 BC.

The fava bean is a prolific, low-maintenance variety grown in cool weather. In my zone 10b climate, I sow seeds in the fall and harvest beans through winter and spring. (They can also be started in spring and harvested through summer.) They are unaffected by cold conditions and clay soils, but are susceptible to rust, a fungal disease of the leaves.

Fava beans grow as rigid, upright plants from 2 to 5 feet tall and often require staking as they mature.

The young leaves are pale green, tender and delicious. Yes, you can eat them! (And unlike the beans, which are a chore to prep, fava leaves are ready to eat right off the plant. If you want to grow favas for their nitrogen-fixing properties but fend off the guilt of not harvesting the beans, just eat the leaves!)

Trim the tender tops off your plants and make a salad with other seasonal favorites, like spinach and citrus. Fava leaves have a sweet and nutty flavor, just like the beans.

The beautiful flowers bloom in clusters and are reminiscent of orchids.

The fruit from these flowers grow as long, dense, bright green pods. Picked early, while the pods are still skinny, fava beans can be eaten whole like any other bush bean.

But if you wait until the pods reach 6 to 8 inches long, you’ll be treated to the delectable beans favas are known for.

Harvest the beans when the pods are large and bright, but not over-bulging.

To start shucking the bean, start at the pointy end of the pod and snap back the tip with your finger.

Peel back the string until the pod is completely split along its seam.

Once the pod is split open, you’ll find a row of beans inside, but these are not the actual beans you’ll eat (trust me, I’ve tried).

Each bean is covered with a thick, waxy shell that you have to shuck to get to the goods.

The easiest way to do this is to parboil the beans for no more than a minute.

Strain them, then dunk the beans into an ice water bath to stop them from cooking.

You may notice that some of the outer shells (now a dull grayish-green) have started to split open, revealing vibrant green beans inside.

Now that the shells are soft and pliable, it’s quite simple to squeeze the sides and pop out the bean. You can also slice the top of the shell with your fingernail and squeeze the bean out that way.

In general, a pound of pods yields around a quarter-cup to a third-cup of shelled fava beans. At that rate, you can see why this process calls for a lot of patience and perhaps a glass of wine while you work!

My favorite way to prepare fava beans is in a risotto with little more than onion and butter. The simple recipe really lets the smooth and rich flavors of the favas shine.

In fact, you can even make an all-fava meal, starting with a fava leaf salad (add sliced oranges, crumbled feta, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of vinaigrette), a fava leaf pesto for your linguine, and a side dish of fava beans sauteed with garlic and shrimp. I haven’t yet found a way to incorporate fava beans into dessert (fava bean ice cream, anyone?) but I’ll report back if I do!

To bean or not to bean no longer a question

As far as gardeners and cooks are concerned, field beans are just broad beans with a more agricultural name. They belong to the same species, Vicia faba, and are raised and eaten in just the same way.

The term “field bean” generally refers to beans grown as fodder for livestock or as green manure crops for soil improvement.

However, some field beans are easily good enough for the kitchen garden, where they can often prove more fruitful than broad beans, and easier to grow.

Last year I grew two crops of a field bean named Wizard, from the Real Seed Catalogue (www.realseeds.co.uk; tel 01239 821-107).

I sowed one lot the previous November and another in early March. In both cases, I started them off in an unheated greenhouse in “root trainer” cells, though putting them individually in three-inch pots would do fine.

You can also sow them directly into the ground, though that does put them at risk from mice as well as from rotting in soggy soil.

I planted out my first batch at the end of March, at a spacing between the plants of nine inches in each direction. The second tray, which went out in early May, I put at six-inch spacings.

The difference didn’t seem to have much effect on the size of the two crops, so in future I think I’ll aim for around seven to eight inches.

During a rather cold spring, I kept the earlier beans under plastic cloches for a few weeks, though that shouldn’t usually be necessary – they’re reputedly very winter-hardy.

Like most beans, they do best in full sun, in a spot that isn’t too windy, and in a good, rich soil. As they grow they’ll need staking against the wind.

I picked my autumn-sown field beans from early July, with the spring-sown ones following on only a couple of weeks later. I think it must have been the best “broad bean” crop I’ve ever had.

The plants produced a huge number of fairly small pods, each of which in turn contained about four beans – fairly small compared to broads.

The overall harvest was noticeably bigger than from a similarly-sized bed of broad beans elsewhere in my garden.

But it was the quality that was really noticeable. Field beans tend to be more robust than their more highly-bred cousins, the broads, and in this crop there wasn’t one single bean damaged by pest or disease.

They have a lovely strong flavour and freeze superbly, keeping texture, taste and colour much better than broad beans do.

Incidentally, a reader of an archival bent has pointed out to me that I missed marking this column’s 20th birthday, which actually fell last August. By way of belated celebration here’s a special offer – I will send a free packet of seeds to any reader who manages to overthrow monopoly capitalism before the end of February. (Please note, terms & conditions apply, as do the laws of historical materialism.)

Field Beans

Quick Facts

  • Field beans are a high protein crop well-suited to the Irish climate with a relatively high yield potential (6-8 t/ha for winter and 4.5-7.5 t/ha for spring varieties). Annual production has increased from 3,000ha to 11,000ha in recent years aided by a protein crop support scheme.
  • An excellent break-crop, as it is an N-fixing legume, which benefits the succeeding cereal crop in rotations.
  • Large animal feed market for protein crops with the potential to displace approximately 1.2Mt of imported protein feed. Limited potential to develop export potential for beans for human nutrition.
  • Perceived variability in yield, limited varietal development and limited specific agronomy information (including disease control) are deficits which need to be addressed to ensure continued development of this valuable break crop.
  • Market end-users need to be assured of the value of beans as a protein source in rations, and of continued supply, to ensure they will be considered as valuable native-produced protein and energy source.

Crop Description

  • Vicia faba, also known as the broad bean, fava bean, faba bean, field bean, bell bean, or tic bean, is a species of bean (Fabaceae) native to North Africa, southwest and south Asia, but extensively cultivated elsewhere.
  • Beans are a leguminous plant with the ability to fix nitrogen, eliminating the need for applied N in the year of production, and they leave residual N for the following crop.
  • While spring sowing type varieties dominate; and can be sown as early as November, winter varieties for October/November only sowing are also available.

Markets

  • Internationally, the market for faba beans is both for human food and for animal feed

Human nutrition

  • There is scope to produce beans for food export markets particularly Egypt, where 450,000 tonnes are imported annually; a significant proportion from the UK. However for human consumption, beans should be free of Bruchid beetle damage; a status which may challenge UK and Irish beans in the future.
  • The role of legume crops like beans in human diets may increase in the future as a part replacement for animal protein.

Animal feed

  • The primary Irish market for beans is as a protein and energy source in animal feed rations where more than 1.2 Mt of imported protein feed could be displaced (primarily Soya and Maize Distillers meal).
  • Nutritionally beans can compete favourably with any import sources; its protein and energy characteristics (29 % protein and 13.3 MJ/kg metabolisable energy) are very similar to maize distillers meal and at appropriate price differential can compete favourably with soya. While tannin levels can restrict the inclusion level in certain diets, this is not a barrier to increased use in most diets.
  • Beans are used predominantly in coarse rations for ruminants where there is still the capacity to take twice the 2016 national supply of beans. There is significant further scope for increased use in pelleted rations, to displace imported proteins. Beans can be fed to ruminants, pigs and poultry.
  • The bean crop has the most potential as a native protein source. There is scope to improve the traceability credentials of Irish branded ‘Origin Green’ produce by displacing non-traceable imported protein with native beans. However compounders need to be assured of their feed value and continued supply to ensure they will always be fairly considered as a significant ration component.

Suitability for Ireland

  • Despite their origin, faba beans perform well in the Irish climate as the crop is tolerant of wetter conditions and cool summer temperatures. In dry seasons and on light soils, beans can suffer from drought.
  • Winter sowing can occasionally produce excessive vegatative growth that is susceptible to disease, while early spring establishment can be challenging on medium to heavy textured soils.
  • Soil moisture availability during the months of May to July can impact on pod retention, determining final yield. Medium/heavier textured soils are favoured.
  • Similar field equipment to that used for cereal production is required but a different sowing and harvest period allows machinery costs to be reduced.
  • Climate challenges which increase the incidence of disease and of high grain moisture at harvest can impact on performance variability.
  • While annual production has been low, there is a long history of bean production and use in Ireland. Handling and storage systems are available with most of the produce to date processed for use in coarse rations.

Rotation/Break Crop Benefits

  • Beans are legumes (family Leguminosae), and fix atmospheric N which allows the plant achieve its high protein content, but also supplies N for growth eliminating the need for fertiliser N. The sparing effect on soil N and particularly the availability of N from decaying roots, boosts the yield and reduces the fertiliser N demand of the following crop, and even further into the rotation.
  • As a completely different crop type to cereals, beans act as a useful break in many disease and pest cycles, benefitting yield and cost reduction in the following crop.
  • The different tap root type structure of beans may provide some small benefits to soil structure compared to continuous production of cereal roots.
  • Growing a non-cereal like beans may bring some opportunities for alternative weed control strategies.

Research and Development Status

  • Overall there is a significant deficit in breeding and research for legumes in temperate climates.
  • There has been relatively little legume breeding for temperate climates, in contrast to the warmer-climate soya crop. This has being recognised at EU level and beginning to be addressed. For our climate, varieties with improved disease resistance (aschochyta, chocolate spot and downy mildew) would offer benefits, as would early harvest varieties and varieties with more determinate growth characteristics.
  • All aspects of crop physiology; in particular yield formation and factors contributing to it, need further research in our climate, to ensure agronomy, from crop establishment and sowing date to nutrition and disease control, can be tailored to optimise crop structure for yield.
  • As our climate presents fungal disease challenges and research on disease control has been limited, there is a need to develop an integrated approach to disease control including varietal resistance, agronomic factors and fungicide use strategies.
  • Pest and weed control challenges also need to be addressed.

Crop Production Summary

  • Select a suitable site (soil type and rotation position) and set a sowing date target (winter or spring) suitable for site considering disease challenge factors. Select a variety valuing disease resistance in addition to yield (limited scope currently).
  • Sow in late Oct/Nov or late Feb/March targeting established plant populations of 18 and 30 plants/m2 respectively. Use drills capable of deep sowing with conventional or reduced cultivation systems.
  • Reduce aschochyta risk by sowing in spring. Chocolate spot and occasionally downey mildew will frequently require a fungicide programme from flowering onwards.
  • Pests include birds (crows) at sowing, pea/bean weevil at early plant development and black bean aphid prior to flowering; all which may need control methods depending on threshold levels.
  • Fertiliser P and K should be applied on the basis of soil nutrient test status. Soil pH should be corrected by liming if necessary. Beans do not require fertiliser N.
  • Harvest can be late (Sept / Oct) requiring careful decision making to avoid high grain moisture.

In this installment of the series Grow it! Eat it!, we will talk about growing, harvesting, cooking, and eating broad beans. Nom nom nom.

Grow It!

These garden giants are either sown in the garden in late winter/early spring for a late spring harvest or in the fall for a harvest the following summer. I like to plant them in the fall as I have had the most success with that method and they can be planted when most of the other veggies have already been harvested.

In a nice sunny area of the garden, push the seeds into soil that has had compost added. Cover up with soil and wait for the beanstalks to appear.

Large spongy pods will grow and look quite puffy when the beans are ready to harvest.

Aphids LOVE broad beans but never fear, they aren’t getting the part that you want. The meaty bean inside the pod is safe even if the aphids look like this (ick). Simply wipe them off and shell your beans. Control aphids by hosing them with a strong spray when you are watering the garden. Once dislodged, they can’t climb back up and will die.

Eat It!

You may have lost your appetite a little with all this talk about aphids, but once you cook up those beans you will forget all about it. These are seriously one of the most delicious veggies in your garden. That, plus the fact that they are packed with protein and fiber, means you are going to take on anyone who tries to eat your broad beans before you do!

Broad Beans with Pancetta

  • Shelled broad beans
  • Chopped pancetta
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients into a pan and sauté on medium low until the pancetta is crispy and the beans are bright green with some caramelization on the outside. Now wait for them to cool a little. Really, you are going to burn your mouth! I know it’s hard to wait but when they are a bit cooler, sit down and enjoy this as a side dish, as if whatever is beside it can compete. Just eat them. Yummy, right?

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Fact File: broad beans

Delicious broad beans are incredibly easy to grow, providing the first bean crop of the season. Hardy, they can be sown in autumn or spring, bearing crops of succulent, sweet beans from May to June.

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When growing broad beans, keep an eye out for black bean aphid, Aphis fabae. Here’s how to deal with black bean aphid if spotted.

For more detail, take a look at our broad bean Grow Guide.

Hardy, they can be sown in autumn or spring, bearing crops of succulent, sweet beans from May to June

Did you know…

Hardy varieties can be sown outside in autumn, but sowing them in pots under cover instead will give you an early harvest. This is the best method in cold or wet areas, where outdoor sowing isn’t possible. Use small, deep pots or root trainers, sowing one seed in each. Water sparingly over winter and plant out in March.

Nutrition

Broad beans are an excellent source of protein and fibre, with good levels of vitamins A and C, iron and magnesium.

How to grow

Choose a sunny site and stake securely, as mature plants may become top heavy. Make successive sowings to enjoy a long harvest and avoid gluts – sow the next batch when the first is about 15cm high. Pinch out the tips of each plant when beans start to form, as this will concentrate energy on the crop and deter aphids. Water during dry spells, especially when flowers appear.

Harvest

Start picking from the base upwards – whole pods can be eaten when young and tender (about 8cm long). Otherwise, pick to shell the beans when pods are full of good-sized, firm beans. Shoot tips are delicious to eat, too.

Store

Beans in pods keep for several days in the fridge. Shelled beans can be blanched, then frozen. Bear in mind that, in common with all beans, the flavour of broad beans diminishes with time, so it’s best to eat them as soon after harvesting as possible.

Our choices

  • ‘Aquadulche Claudia’ (great for autumn sowing)
  • ‘Express’ (fast maturing)
  • ‘Jubilee Hysor’ (prolific cropper)
  • ‘The Sutton’ (compact – ideal for pots)

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Broad bean recipe ideas

  • Lamb with smashed, minty broad beans
  • Broad bean and dill pilaf
  • Broad bean, barley and mint salad
  • Broad bean, yoghurt and mint dip
  • Beef, cheese and broad bean quesadillas
  • Pea and broad bean hummus
  • Broad bean and courgette salad

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