Broad Bean 'Superaguadulce'

The hardiest broad bean there is, for sowing anytime from autumn until spring. It's highly prolific and easy to grow, and yet remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. More
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Broad Bean 'Superaguadulce' is the hardiest broad bean there is, for sowing anytime from autumn until spring. It's highly prolific and easy to grow, and yet remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture.

In the spring, before the beans crop, inter-sow your lines of broad beans with summer savory – the delicious herb which tastes like thyme. This helps protect against black bean aphid and a sprig or two in their boiling water gives the beans delicious flavour.

Genus Vicia
Group/Species Heritage
Variety Superaguadulce
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broad Bean, Fava Bean
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 100-120cm (39-47in)
Spacing Plant seed 5cm deep, 20cm apart in staggered rows 30cm apart. Sow extra seeds at the end of the row for transplants.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow straight into the ground in early spring (March-April) or late autumn (September-October).
Care Tips Stake each plant and pinch out tips to avoid blackfly. Water well whilst the pods start to grow. Add manure to the soil before planting.
Storing These freeze well.
Harvesting June - July, 8-10 weeks from spring sowing. Regular picking (ideally 2 or 3 times a week) will keep production going for about 4-6 weeks.
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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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Broad Bean 'Superaguadulce' reviews

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Delicious early Broad Bean

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Reviewed 15th December 2014 by ANDREW LEE

Unfortunately I didn't purchase my Broad Bean seed from Sarah Raven, but if your on her web page looking for a broad bean to sow go for the superaguadulce. It really is easy to grow and winters well, and gets a real spurt on as the weather warms in the spring. My current sowing are 4-6 inches tall and looking really healthy. Apart from some mice damage they germinate at a very high consistency. Looking back to last years sowing I remember opening the first pods on a warm sunny spring day and eating a handful of beans raw, delicious!!!!!