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PlantFiles: Broad Bean, Fava Bean
Vicia faba 'Sweet Lorane'

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vicia (VIK-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: faba (FAH-va) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Lorane

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Category:
Annuals
Vegetables

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Seed Type:
Hybrid

Growth Habit:
Bush

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
Dark Purple/Black
White/Near White

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive mtilton On May 5, 2005, mtilton from Ada, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Highly nutritious bean.

Favism is an inherited disorder of certain individuals, particularly of southern European origin. These people have an enzyme deficiency expressed when fava beans are eaten, especially raw or partially cooked. Symptoms commonly include acute toxic hepatitis and those similar to influenza. Males are more commonly affected than females; mortality is almost entirely confined to children. Fava plant pollen in the respiratory tract also affects these people.


Editor's Note

A small percentage of people suffer from 'favism' (Glucose 6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency, or G6PD) ,which is an allergy to the 'fava' or 'broad' bean.

For someone with severe favism, exposure to the pollen of fava beans can cause a reaction, as will consumption of the beans. Symptoms include tiredness, fever, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. If left untreated, favism can result in serious health problems, like a coma.

We tend to err on the side of caution in PlantFiles, and the danger notation in the details above is to warn gardeners, parents, and pet owners to look further for more information.


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