Grown mainly for the pigeon trade but as most fanciers tend to use Continental mixtures, large quantities of Tic beans are no longer required and growers go for the better yielding Spring and Winter beans rather than the traditional Tics.
The UK market prefers a darker seeded Tic Bean (even over yeared) whereas the continent prefer paler skinned lots. Annual production has dropped dramatically over the years however there is still a small Human Consumption Trade to the Mediterranean and Far East. Tic Beans are sown in late February/March and harvested in August. A low moisture should be aimed for as they are difficult to dry after harvest.