Identification: Also called broad bean. Unlike most of our common beans,which originated in the Western Hemisphere, favas are Old World beans.The large pods hold four to six beans in a soft,white lining.The flat beans slightly resemble limas, but they are not as starchy. Flavor is subtle and nutlike.
Evaluation: Select small to medium pods that are fresh green in color, not overly large.Yellowing pods may be too mature. Some spots on pods are normal.
Preparation: Preparation is labor-intensive. Shell the beans,parboil, then peel off skins or husks (Figure 16.5). Percentage Yield: 15-20%
Preparing fava beans.
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