How To Prepare Fresh Fava Beans For Almost Any Recipe

How To Prepare Fresh Fava Beans For Almost Any Recipe

A few years ago I had fava beans for the first time. Where were they all my life! How did I never notice them before? These little green beans of love and deliciousness are now something I look forward to every spring thanks to Door To Door Organics.

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Fava beans are a Mediterranean legume mostly associated with Italian cuisine. Also known as Broad Beans and Yellow Split Peas, they are filled with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, arguably making them one of the world’s more perfect protein rich foods. Because of this, they are an excellent choice for meatless dishes.

When deciding how much fava bean to prepare you will need to keep in mind that a lot makes a little. While the amount can vary, I used four pounds of pods which made around 2.25 cups of beans.favabeanspods

The beans have both a shell and a pod. While young beans are sweet and can be eaten raw with the shell, the mature beans require a little effort to prepare to avoid the mature leathery shell.

 

Uncooked Fava Beans.

Uncooked Fava Beans.

Each pod has a seam which can be peeled down and then opened to reveal the fuzzy interior and beans inside. The beans are then removed and added to salted boiling water for up to 2 minutes. (Note: the water may turn a yellow-greenish-black color.)

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Fava Beans when first placed in boiling water.

 

Fava Beans after boiling for 2 minutes.

Fava Beans after boiling for 2 minutes.

After second batch of Fava Beans have boiled for 2 minutes. Notice the change in water color.

After second batch of Fava Beans have boiled for 2 minutes. Notice the change in water-color.

Rinse well with cold water. When the beans have been rinse well and are cool to the touch, you can then peel off the shells.

 

Boiled but unshelled Fava Beans.

Fava Bean being shelled.

Fava Bean being shelled.

They are now prepared in the French tradition and ready for a variety of dishes.

 

Boiled and shelled Fava Beans.

Boiled and shelled Fava Beans.

If you are fortunate to be able to find young beans, you can follow basically the same steps but there is no need to remove the shell before eating.

Take a look at my Fava Bean Pinterest board for some inspiration.

Fava Beans with Chicken

Fava Beans with Chicken

 

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How To Prepare Fresh Fava Beans For Almost Any Recipe
Ingredients
  • Fava Bean Pods
  • Water
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Twist the tip of the pod and peel down the seam.
  2. Open pod and pop out the beans.
  3. Place beans in boiling salted water for up to 2 minutes.
  4. Strain beans and rinse under cold water.
  5. Peel beans out of their shell.
  6. Prepare according to recipe directions.

 

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