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How to Cook Fresh Fava Beans

Fresh fava beans in the - how to cook

Fava beans are one of the oldest domesticated food legumes. They have been part of the Middle Eastern diet since at least since the 4th century.

Beans are a great source of fiber, protein, fiber, iron, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and many other beneficial nutrients. If you have never tried fresh fava beans, they’re really special– they have a mild, creamy flavor that compliments many spring dishes. Fresh from the pod they are bright green and very pretty

Most forms of fava beans need to be peeled before eating, unless they have already been prepped. It takes time, but is not difficult at all.


2 lbs fresh fava beans in pods

You will also need: medium pot, large mixing bowl, ice cubes, slotted spoon


1. When you look at the fava bean pod, you will notice that the edges have a seam. To open the pod, snap off the tip and pull down; the seam will open like a zipper. If you have trouble "unzipping" the pod cleanly, don't worry. Once the pod is open at least somewhat you can easily tear it open the rest of the way with your hands.