Broad bean season
Broad beans are annual legumes that reach maturity during the spring between April and July.
Nutritional value of broad beans
Broad beans have interesting nutritional value especially due to their high carbohydrate (10 grammes per 100 grammes) content, protein, fibre and vitamins (B and C). Eaten dried, broad beans keep their nutritional value but become much more caloric (340 calories per 100 grammes as compared to only 60 if the broad bean is fresh).
Broad bean varieties
Broad beans are climbing plants that can reach heights of one metre. Varieties include, for example:
- the fava bean or broad bean;
- little broad beans;
- Nice broad beans (with very large seeds) ;
- Seville broad beans (large pods).
Choosing broad beans
The green pods, which turn black when ripe, contain seeds of an oval or flattened shape with smooth skin. When choosing dry broad beans, check for an even, grey colour.
Broad bean seeds are enclosed in pods. © Lamiot/Licence Creative Commons