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APROVECHO

APROVECHO

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110 days; spring sown. Bursting with flavor, this Oregon-bred fava is sweet and succulent at the young, snap stage, and hearty, rich and satisfying when rehydrated from the shelling stage. Plants grow 3–4 feet tall and should be supported. We saw enormous pods typically reaching about 9 inches at our trial grounds. Breeding work by Ianto Evans of Aprovecho Research Center. Buff colored seeds; 22 per ounce.
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Joe
12ft tall and absolutely delicious; will grow every year

tl;dr: late maturing, but worth the wait for the best tasting fava ever.

Central Coast CA, Zone 9b. Sowed in trays Oct 11, transplanted about 12"� apart in double rows about 18" apart; peak harvest for mature size green shelling beans is beginning of June in our area (will harvest the last of them this weekend, June 10).

My plants grew over 12 ft tall, though I topped most of them at about 8ft. Super prolific --TONS of tillers on each plant (about 10 each), and pods are PACKED with beans.

Some cons: Needed lots of support (bamboo poles and string works great). Somewhat susceptible to disease--mine got bad rust late in the season. Much later than other varieties, so plant this alongside an early variety for an extended harvest.

But despite all this, these are WORTH IT for the flavor. Good as snap beans, but absolutely spectacular flavor as mature-sized fresh green shelled beans. Delicious raw or any way you cook them; last night I boiled some in salty water for about 12 minutes and my husband asked if I had cooked them with bacon because of how rich, sweet, almost smoky, nutty, and fatty the flavor was. No bitterness--we eat them with the waxy coating and everything.

I grew these alongside "Vroma,"� which is an excellent bean as well--performs very well, sturdy plants, no disease, and ready to harvest much earlier, with good, classic fava flavor.

But if I had to choose to grow just one, I would choose Aprovecho--the flavor is just that good.

Soil Temp for Germ 45-65°F
Seed Depth 1-2"
Seed Spacing 3-6"
Days to Emergence 8-15
Thin Plants to 6-12"
Row Spacing 12-30"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Ounce Listed per variety
Seed Life 2-3 years

Vicia faba

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Fava beans prefer cool weather; sow as soon as soil can be worked in the spring
• Can be fall sown in zones 6 and above
• Beans are shallow rooted and can require up to 1/4 inch of water a day during hot weather
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost

Direct Sowing
• One ounce of seed plants 4-10 row feet
• Sow September—October for an overwinter crop
• When sown in the fall and overwintered, fava beans mature in mid to late May

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids
• Insect control: Pyrethrin

Harvest & Storage
Shelling beans: Pick when fully formed but still soft and green
Dry beans: Harvest mature beans before pods begin to shatter in the field
• If weather prevents field drying, pull plants and dry inside on a tarp, turning pile daily for even drying
To thresh dry beans: When material is brittle dry, place material in bag and swing against a hard surface, or beat with a stick or rake on a tarp
• Make sure beans are fully dry, then store in a cool place
• Bean weevils may be eliminated by freezing the seed near 0°F for 2 weeks

KEY TO BEAN DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A* | Anthracnose
BB | Bacterial Blight
BBS | Bacterial Brown Spot
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
BMV | Bean Mosaic Virus
CTM | Curly Top Beet Mosaic Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
HB | Halo Blight
PM | Powdery Mildew
PMV | Pod Mottle Virus
R | Common Rust
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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