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A hugely prolific and tasty broad bean, which is my favourite for harvesting, blanching and freezing.

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Genus Vicia
Group/Species fava
Variety Masterpiece Green Longpod
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broad Bean, Fava Bean
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing Plant seed 5cm (2in) deep, 20cm (8in) apart in double rows 20cm (8in) apart. Sow extra seeds at the end of the row for transplants.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow beans in pots under cover in February for planting out in spring or direct into the ground in March, April and even early May, for harvests throughout the summer. Late autumn sowings can also be overwintered for earlier crops the following year. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot for your beans and sow into soil that is well-drained and fertile – forking in some well-rotted manure or compost before sowing will help to improve soil conditions. Sow 5cm (2in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart, ideally in double rows, spaced 20cm (8in) apart. If a second double row is needed this should be positioned 60cm (2ft) away from the first. Sow a few extra seeds at the end of the rows to fill in any gaps produced by seeds that don’t germinate.
Care Tips Taller varieties will need staking, use strings attached to sturdy stakes inserted at 1.2m (4ft) intervals. Smaller cultivars usually support each other, especially when they are planted in double rows. Unless rainfall has been high, soak plants well at the start of flowering and again two weeks later. Further watering may also be needed on light soils. When the lowest truss of blossom has formed small pods, pinch out the tips of the beans to promote fruit set and reduce problems with blackfly. These tips can be steamed or stir-fried and eaten
Storing These freeze well.
Harvesting May - July, 8-10 weeks from spring sowing. Harvest pods once beans have begun to visibly swell inside, regular picking (ideally 2 or 3 times a week) will keep production going for about 4-6 weeks. Small beans are sweeter and more tender that large ones. Pods can also be picked when they are immature to be cooked and eaten whole.
Cooking Notes Try a delicious Samphire with Fresh Peas and Young Broad Beans recipe for a starter at a dinner party…
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  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Broad Bean 'Masterpiece Green Longpod' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Louise

Excellent crop had and tasty, had to freeze a lot!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Robin

Strong growth very productive. Doubling area next year

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Maralyn

Fantastically easy to propagate, very prolific and great flavour. Grew over winter and no black fly

Excellent germination

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Reviewed 16th July 2018 by Gillian Leffler

My first attempt growing broad beans and it won’t be the last. Almost 100 per cent germination sown direct in April north east England. Sweet and delicious. Well worth growing.