Entry from British & World English dictionary
A bean plant closely related to the broad bean but with smaller seeds, grown to improve soil fertility and for stockfeed.
- Vicia faba, family Leguminosae.
- If you're eating horse beans, broad beans, or field beans, these too are also Fava Beans.
- Some green manures, legumes such as lucerne and field beans, also have the ability to take nitrogen from the air and fix it into nodules in their roots.
- Sow a green manure, such as field beans, which can be dug into the soil in spring to provide extra nitrogen for next year's crops.
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