Broad Beans

Broad bean, Vicia faba, is a leguminous plant in the family Fabaceae primarily grown for its edible beans. Broad bean is a an annual vetch reaching between 0.5–1.8 m (1.6–6 ft) tall. There are often multiple stems originating from the base of the plant and the compound leaves are often broad, oval shaped, and come groups of 6 leaflets to a stem. The flowers are white with purple markings. Between 1 and 4 pods develop from each flower cluster. The beans can be greenish black, brown or black in color. Vicia faba may also be referred to as bell-bean, fava bean or horsebean and originates from the Mediterranean or in South-West Asia.