Fava Beans! The food of the Mediterranean, can it make its way to the east coast?
Why not? You may plant it in the fall and it overwinters, or in the early spring along with the peas. Do both and you will have an early and late June harvest. I just went outside and grabbed a few pods, opened them and ate the fresh, green beans. Delicious!
They need an open space with air since crowded, humid conditions carry fungi. Buy the beans, the silver dollar size, at Jerusalem Market, plant them a good 2 inches in the ground, and step back! They are legumes so they also fix nitrogen in the soil for the next crop in that space.