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The best tasting, small, tender broad bean you can grow, excellent raw or cooked.

Bred for thin skins on the actual beans so you won't ever need to skin them. Best for late winter or early spring sowing. Highly recommended.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

If you have ordered these seeds, we have had unforeseen delays and they will now be available mid February. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Genus Vicia
Group/Species fava
Variety Stereo
Common Name Broad Bean, Fava Bean
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
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. Position your broad bean seedlings in double rows, 20cm apart. Stagger the seedlings along each set of double rows to make the most of the space. Broad beans should be planted to the depth of the plug and watered well once planted.
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. Sow extra seeds at the end of the row for transplants.
Storing These freeze well.
Harvesting June - August. 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…
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Broad Bean 'Stereo' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Miss Taylor

Poor germination and the plants really did not establish themselves well.
Very very poor crop.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Susan

They have produced very few beans

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

What can I say only 14 germinated our of packet of 42 seeds . Good strong plants and cropped well. Beautiful tasty beans and managed to freeze a few for the winter.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Robin

Weak growth and poor slug resistance but tasty. Will try once more but...

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Reviewed 23rd November 2018 by Gayle

Didn't grow more than 12 inches

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Donna

Excellent crop... Will plant again next Spring..

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Elizabeth

We have bought the Sarah Raven broad bean seedlings two years running. Last year they were a great success and cropped well. This year the seedlings arrived in good condition and looked healthy but struggled to put on strong growth and cropped late and poorly. This may be partly due to our growing them in the same place, although with new compost and partly due to the hot dry weather this summer.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Katie

Ditto as above....too late for photos, they have been and gone!!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Mary

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Diane

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Tina

Very poor crop, hardly any grew. Such a shame. Will not buy again

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Broad Bean seedlings and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018