Blue Lake FM1 Pole Bean
Blue Lake FM1 Pole BeanPacket: ~18 seeds (7 grams) More info255 available
Broad Windsor Fava Bean
Broad Windsor Fava BeanPacket: ~15 seeds (20 grams) More info517 available
Broad Windsor Fava (Vicia faba) is an English heirloom cool season bean dating back to the 1800s. Plants are fall or winter sown and grow with great vigor to a height of up to five feet, with heavy yields of six to eight inch pods that produce large succulent green beans that can be eaten fresh or grown to maturity and dried. Young pods are succulent enough to be eaten whole and baby leaves are quite palatable as well and can be prepared and eaten like spinach. Broad Windsor can also function as a cool-season, frost-tolerant cover crop, producing nitrogen-rich biomass that can be planted into immediately after tilling. We have observed increased vigor, yields, and overall health of vegetable crops sown following a fava cover crop. Favas have a large, deep taproot that aids in loosening tight subsoil. There is just something special about the tilth of the soil after a fava cover crop has been incorporated. A key ally in sustainable soil and nutrient management. Beans in 80 days when spring-sown, 150 days when fall sown. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California
Crimson Flowered Fava
Crimson Flowered FavaPacket: ~7 seeds (5.5 grams) More info
We'll get right to it: the real story of this fava bean (Vicia faba) variety are its crimson flowered blossoms, which sets it apart from all white flowered varieties we've grown. The blossoms attract a variety of beneficial insects including sphinx moths. The fast growing, stout plants require minimal support and the blooming period makes this an attractive nitrogen fixing cover crop. Beans mature to a deep rich green. We are proud to offer this unique and hard to find fava bean in our catalog! Beans in 90 days when spring sown, 160 days when fall sown.  Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Dragon Langerie Snap Bean
Dragon Langerie Snap BeanPacket: 7 grams, ~18 seeds More info1147 available
Dragon Langerie (or ‰ÛÏDragon‰۪s Tongue‰۝) is a Dutch heirloom snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Plants produce prodigious yields of white, flattened pods that with purple streaks that are harvested young and eaten whole. The pods have a sweet succulence that make this the perfect bean for eating right off the plant, although we also chop and stir fry them. If the pods are allowed to fully mature they can also be used as a shelling bean. Plants have a bush-like habit and don‰۪t require trellising. This is truly a workhorse variety that we grow nearly every summer on our farm. 55 days fresh. 95 days shell. Annual.
Purple Fava Negreta Broad Bean
Purple Fava Negreta Broad BeanPacket: ~10 seeds, 18 grams More info
"Negreta," a fava variety originating from either Italy or Spain, yields large green pods with large beans that mature to a dark, imperial purple shade. The beans are not only visually striking, they also mature up to 10 days faster than the Broad Windsor. We are happy to resurrect this classic variety, stewarded for two years at Mano Farm in Ojai, California and now available in our catalog in certified organic form. 70 days spring sown, 240 days fall sown. Annual.
Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean
Ruby Moon Hyacinth BeanPacket: 3 grams, ~12 seeds More info142 available
I first encountered hyacinth beans (Dolichos lablab) in the Bronx Botanical GardenåÊduring one of my brief stints living in New York City. These vines produce pronounced, shiny magenta-purple pods that have almost serrated-like edges. I knew one day we would need to grow them on our farm, and this summer we finally invested in the trellises necessary to grow them. Other than that, they‰۪ve proven quite easy to grow, and will perennialize in warmer winter climates. Hyacinth Beans are not the same genus/species as typical pole and bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Their edibility is contentious ‰ÛÒåÊthe mature pods and beans shouldn‰۪t be eaten without many changes of water, but young pods, flowers and foliage can be eaten raw. -Quin 80 days for fresh beans. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Tendergreen Snap Bean
Tendergreen Snap BeanPacket: 7 grams, ~18 seeds More info219 available
Tendergreen is the classic green snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). A fast growing heirloom that produces succulent stringless pods that are great for eating raw off the plant or lightly streamed or stir-fried. We typically plant ours in mid to late summer and try to keep the plants going for beans on thanksgiving. In colder fall climates, plant earlier in the summer. Harvest frequently for sustained yield. A bush bean: plants do not require support or trellising. 50 days for fresh green beans. Annual.