Fava - Sweet Lorane
The cold-hardiest fava we have been able to find in recent years. Supposedly hardy to 10 degrees F or colder, this variety has been the only fava to make it through recent harsher winters here in the northwest corner of Washington State. Small seeded, but unlike other small seeded favas, this was bred for flavor and worth growing for both a cover crop and it's excellent flavor. Smaller seeded favas aren't as suited for those who prefer to peel the outer skin, but we love to puree them up into a fava hummus, patè, or "refried beans". Earth-toned brown and green hued bean. Bred by Steve Solomon in the 1980s and re-selected more recently by Alan Adesse in Oregon. Grown organically but not certified.