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February 26, 2012

Optica Broad Beans

Filed under: pea&beans — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 6:55 pm

Optica is an excellent modern variety of broad beans.  They have masses of pods and are very productive.

Optica-broad-bean-pods

Optica-broad-bean-pods

To Sow Optica Broad Beans:

  • sow outdoors from February to June
  • 10cm/ 4inches apart
  • rows 60cm/24inches apart
  • click this link to buy seed from Unwins

Optica broad beans  have a compact growing habit which make them ideal for small gardens, where space is at a premium.  They are lower growing than many broad beans but still need staking.

broad-bean-plant-Optica

broad-bean-plant-Optica

Optica broad beans produce medium length pods with 4 or 5  white beans per pod.

open-pod-Optica-broad-bean

open-pod-Optica-broad-bean

The pods are quite tender & if picked when very young the pods can also be eaten.

optica-broad-bean-plant

optica-broad-bean-plant

Optica has a good flavour and the beans freeze well.

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  1. [...] is for people keen on the aesthetics of their veg ~ productivity is very feeble compared to TopVeg’s  ‘Optima’. I’ve called the strain ‘Midwinter’ because that’s the name of my allotment [...]

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