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First autumn-cropping broad bean

Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies
Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies

Dobies introduces Luz de Otono: a first for broad beans

It’s usually unheard of to crop broad beans in autumn, but new Luz de Otono from Dobies is the first variety to do so at this time of year.

A vigorous growing bean that shows good cold resistance for overwintering, it produces long, high-quality pods of tasty beans to plant in July for an October-November crop in mild areas.

It may require some protection later in the year and in colder parts of the country.

Keen gardeners can now grow two crops per year and be cooking with fresh home-grown broad beans in autumn instead of having to use frozen in seasonal dishes.

Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies
Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies

Young and tender beans

A versatile variety, its young and tender beans can be picked from the plant and eaten raw.

Try shelling mature beans for a bright green pop of colour that’s fabulous in risottos or pasta dishes as the weather cools.

They also make the perfect pulse for winter soups and stews, or as a vitamin-packed side dish.

Broad beans are an excellent source of vegetable protein and fibre, plus they’re rich in folate and B vitamins – essential for nerve and blood cell development, cognitive function and energy.

Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies
Autumn-cropping broad bean Luz de Otono. Picture; Dobies

What broad bean Luz de Otono likes

  • Soil type: All types
  • Height/spread: 91-100cm/41-50cm
  • Where to grow: Beds and borders
  • Aspect: Prefers full sun
  • Hardiness: May require some protection later in the year
  • Aftercare: Moderate
  • Harvest: October-November

Order plants in June for July delivery and enjoy eating these beans from October through to the end of November.

Buy 15 garden-ready plugs for £8.99, 30 garden-ready plugs for £11.99 and 35 seeds for £2.99, visit www.dobies.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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