Vegetables and Fruit forum: "Banner Broad Beans" ...

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muffin
Mar 6, 2016 3:27 PM CST
a few years ago I saw seed of this variety offered for sale...I have been looking now for several years and have not seen it anywhere...what happened to it? I wanted to try it... Confused
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Mar 6, 2016 8:15 PM CST
Are you referring to a Romano (or Italian) type, or a dry type of bean? I love those Romanos and can't find even frozen ones anymore. Apparently they aren't popular anymore, so I have to grow them if I want them.
Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Mar 7, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Banner is a small Fava (Vicia faba) commonly called broad beans in North America. Here are two possible sources in north America. http://www.endtimesreport.com/fava_beans.html http://www.onegarden.org/beans.html Apparently Banner is more prized as a cover crop than as an edible.

Romanos are common beans ( P. vulgaris). The bush version Roma is readily available as canned beans in our supermarkets and called simply Italian style beans. The bush varieties are not as tasty as the pole varieties tho. I have not seen them in the frozen foods section.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Mar 7, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I'm in So. Cal., and I'm not sure we are part of N. America when it comes to common names. Whistling
Name: Mary
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Azgarden
Mar 7, 2016 9:51 AM CST
@ctcarol I purchased seed for Italian Bush Beans "Roma Improved" from Renee's Garden. Have not grown these before, so am looking forward to it. Won't direct sow into garden for a few weeks yet, but am sprouting a few inside just to see how it goes Smiling

Hope you find what you are looking for! AND Rolling on the floor laughing about common names Smiling
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Mar 7, 2016 9:56 AM CST
I have no problem finding seeds...finding space to grow them is the problem. I have to resort to Earth Box for them, and I don't get enough to freeze my own.

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