The Longpod Major Vicia faba 3-4 ft plants, 8 in pods with up to 5 large tasty seeds per pod.
Longpod Major Vicia faba
Vicia faba, also known as the broad bean, fava bean, faba bean, field bean, bell bean, English bean, horse bean, Windsor bean, pigeon bean and tic(k) bean (bakulla in Nepalese ), is a species of flowering plant in the vetch and peafamily Fabaceae. The origin of this legume is obscure, but it had been cultivated in the Middle East for 8,000 years before it spread to Western Europe. Fava or Broad beans have been found in the earliest human settlements. They probably originated in the Near East during the Neolithic Age and by the Bronze Age had spread to Northern Italy. They have been found in lakeside settlements in Switzerland and in Britain at Glastonbury.
In Egypt, the beans were considered commoner food and were shunned by the upper classes. Fava beans were cultivated by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. In ancient Rome, they were used in funeral rites. Like all priests of the Orphic and Eleusinian mysteries who were forbidden from ever touching, mentioning, or looking at Fava beans, Pythagoras forbade his followers from doing the same and some claimed that it was due to his belief that fava beans contained the souls of the dead. This once forbidden bean is also related to Favism, a genetic deficiency affecting Jews and other descendant of the Mediterranean. Initiates of the Eleusinian mysteries where studies were done on a ritual that transmogrified participants were said to have a death-like experience after ingesting the kykeon and would then pass by the home of Kyamites, the Greek demigod of Fava beans.