Field beans are the same species as broad beans (Vicia faba) but they are a different variety producing smaller beans. They are thought to be more vigorous and reliable than broad beans and show better cold tolerance, so can be grown as a winter or spring crop.
Many of us have seen field beans growing in the UK, and assumed that they were destined for cattle feed.
What people don’t realise is that a significant proportion of the crop is exported to North Africa for human consumption.
In Egypt in particular, these beans play an important part in the diet, as they are used as an alternative to chickpeas in many dishes such as falafel and hummus.
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