Preparing Fava Beans

Wondering how and what to do with those large pods that look like a bean that you got in your shares today?  

They are a little work, but so worth it!  Shell the beans,  then toss them into boiling water for about 2-3 minutes.  Drain and let cool slightly or set them in an ice water bath to cool quickly.  Now for the “double Peel”.  Remove the skin that surrounds the bean.  Using a knife to pierce the skin encasing makes it a little quicker.  The inner bean will slip out.  

Toss these beans in salads, pasta dishes or vegetarian dishes.  Good cold or warm.

If you don’t have time to deal with these beans right away, keep them in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator, but no more than five days.  

Fava beans are low in fat and high in protein.  They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin A, C, potassium, and iron.  Those with Favism (a rare hereditary disease) should avoid fava beans. 


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