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Vicia faba 'Express'

Broad bean

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This is one of the fastest maturing broad beans. It can produce up to 34 good pods per plant. 'Express' has several other winning qualities - it's winter hardy, outstanding for freezing, as it does not discolour, and it's particularly tender and tasty. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Vicia

Species: faba

Cultivar: Express

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: October to February

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