Broad Bean
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Broad Bean
aturalized Herb Photo: Yumnam Surjyajivan
Common name: Broad Bean, Fava Bean, Horse Bean, Faba Bean, • Hindi: Bakla बाकला • Manipuri: ꯍꯥꯋꯥꯏ ꯃꯨꯕꯤ Hawaimubi • Tamil: அவரை Avarai • Nepali: बकुला Bakulaa
Botanical name: Vicia faba      Family: Fabaceae (pea family)

Broad bean is an upright annual forage legume that can grow to a height of 2-4 ft. The leaves are alternate, up to 8 cm long, pinnately compound, with 2-6 leaflets, without a tendril or with a very rudimentary one. The leaflets are rounded or oval, up to 6-8 cm long and 2-4 cm broad. Plants produce many ornamental white-purple flowers. Beans can be eaten ripe, or pods can be picked and cooked, much like peas. Pods generally mature in 120+ days from seed. The exact origin of the fava bean is unknown, but it is beleived to be native to Central Asia and the Eastern Meditteranean. It has long been cultivated and has spread across all populated continents as a food plant.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Manipur

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