Sacramento Bee readers share their gardening adventures.
Fava beans recently were featured in our Food & Wine section. Super-easy to grow, they're a favorite for local gardeners. We went to our own Bee Garden for this fava update.
Fava beans are now reaching their peak season. You may have seen favas and not known it. Many local organic gardeners grow them as a winter cover crop, but this generous plant is a lot tastier than alfalfa.
The flowers are white with black splotches and grow directly on the main stem. The bean pods then grow like green fingers shooting out from that same main stem.
Eventually, the pods will reach 8 inches long or more with button-like beans, each bigger than a quarter. The pretty green leaves are edible, too. They taste a lot like spinach.
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