After spending the day on the sweet HEAL Project School Farm with lady bugs and monarch caterpillars, I feel inspired to grow more vegetables. For the first time today, along with about 30 of my favorite seven year olds, I got to taste fava greens. They are tender and nutty and I could not get enough. I had no idea that fava beans are typically a cover crop planted at the end of a growing season to replenish soil by adding nitrogen from the air. And then the plants become “green manure” as they decompose into the soil adding even more nutrients. Enjoy the young greens in salad, or prepare more mature leaves in the same way you do spinach. I learned a lot today – first grade is amazing!
On day 57 of this 365 day project, I ate my daily five (including a huge salad, which I craved after spending all day among rows of fresh greens). Did you enjoy yours?