Everywhere we look here on Whidbey Island, are signs that spring has arrived. We have loved the beautiful warm and sunny weather over the past few weeks. It has been perfect for getting the soil ready for planting beans - which is what we usually do at this time of the year.
This year, more than ever before, we understand how important it is for us to plant seeds that will deliver much needed food later this summer.
So far, we have planted fava beans and are preparing the rest of our fields for a variety of nutritious beans which we will be putting into the ground this week.
It's is always a joy to see those first leaves peeking out of the soil, gathering all their strength to grow into the plants that produce such an incredible source of nutrition.
Fava beans contain a high concentration of thiamin, vitamin K, vitamin B-6, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc and magnesium. They are also an inexpensive source of lean protein. A serving of cooked or fresh fava beans can significantly increase your intake of folate, iron, manganese and dietary fiber, all nutrients that can benefit your health in a variety of ways.
Fava beans, when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, may offer cardiovascular benefits and aid in weight management.