I was talking to Robert Rodgers this week and just learned about this. It’s too late in the season to grow my own but I can certainly purchase organic fava beans and try to sprout them.. wow!
Once upon a time RR interviewed someone who drank a lot of eggplant juice for the nicotine. Have you ever tried tincturing eggplant?
I never tried juicing egg plant, but I grow it and enjoy making humus from baked , pureed egg plant. Have also made it into vegie burgers , egg plant jerky , and Parmesan , and soup.
The person you heard speak about juicing was Glen Pettibone. He has done blog talk radio for Robert a few times. I do juice lightly steamed fava pods and use this to make dried l-dopa chips….very portable.
Depending where you are located, you may be able to grow a fall crop, starting the 1st of July and the beans will start October 1 and go until you get below 26 degrees. I had a good fall crop here one time. (usually it gets too hot and dry for them in August and the weather turns cold for just a few days the end of October and kills them) So it is iffy at best. End of February or 1st of March is best time to plant them in east TN. May God Bless and guide you.
I’m Belgian and I live in Romania for more than 25 years. Got PK 3 years ago,I refuse to use chemicals and until now just take mucuna pruirens powder for L-dopa. Seems that the fava beans are much better! My question is : where can I find seeds for that wonderful remedy? In order to begin also my self a little farm for that. Can we imagine to grow that all year long in covered solar construction? I’m new in gardening… Thank you for your answer,god bless you!
Answer from Aunt Bean
I don’t know the weather conditions in Romania. Fava bean plants like cool weather. Here in Tennessee, I plant in First of March and begin to harvest plant tops the first of May. Usually harvest the first beans the first of June. By the time July comes, the weather is too hot for them and they quit producing and need to be thrown in a compost pile. Sometimes they can be planted as a fall crop, but it is iffy….sometimes you get nothing for your effort in the fall if the cold weather comes too soon.
I don’t know if you are able to order seeds from America or not. There are several places to order organic Fava bean seeds here. There is a place called International Gourmet that ships canned beans and juice. It would be one way to see if the Fava beans help you before going to the effort of trying to grow them. They work for some people, but for others they don’t. So, I would try to answer these questions and then make a decision on the basis of how well they help you. Then consider your growing season. Hope this helps for now. Any questions are welcome.
God bless and guide you,
Can you give pointers for planting fava beans in a gallon container?
Reply: Plant a bean that has already begun to sprout 2 inches under soil level (with a short tail … point the tail down slightly. It will become the root and a second shoot will come out right beside it & head upward and get leaves . Leave room at the top of the pot to fill more soil in around it for support and cooler root temperature, and room for some mulch I would leave maybe 6 inch at top of pot empty for now. You also have to have room for water so that it doesn’t run over the top when it rains and wash a lot of your soil away….
LOTS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANTING FAVA BEANS IN A POT.
Also make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom if using a bucket…drill large holes in it for drainage. Hope that helps.
Have a blessed day.
Below are Aunt Bean’s answers to Edward’s questions about growing fava beans.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
1. How much l-dopa in sprouted fava beans?
Answer: Approximately 2 mg l-dopa.
2. Frozen sprouted fava beans: How to eat?
Answer: They will thaw in your mouth. I steam them 6 to 8 minutes to make them chewable before freezing. Put out on a plate. They would thaw quickly if you don’t want to suck on a frozen one. We eat fava sprout balls directly from the freezer and just let them thaw in our mouths…yummy!
3. Can I grow sprouts of fava beans in a large flower pot.?
Answer: “Large” can mean many things (gallon/ 2 gallon/tree size?) A gallon pot would be fine for 1 plant..they need sun and mulch to keep their roots cool. They are a cool weather plant and can stand temperatures to 26 degrees in ground. In pots you may have to bring them inside if it is below 30 degrees.
4. How many leaves from a plant of fava beans does it take to make the tincture?
Answer: That depends how big or small your glass jar is in which you are going to shake the tops and brandy in for a month. I don’t generally just use leaves, but prefer the unopened leaves and flowers that form after a while at the top of the plant. Right now I am experimenting with a whole plant tincture and will report on this as soon as possible. I am still looking for a chemist that will test things for me around here. Then will post on blog.
5. How long does the tincture last after you have made it?
Answer: I have had it up to a year before using it.
Hope this helps…off to the garden………
Through trial and error, Aunt Bean has discovered that a single day security guard is not sufficient to protect her precious fava beans that growing in her Tennessee garden. She thus implemented a backup plan which by all accounts is working beautifully.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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