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Fava beans

What are fava beans? About the ingredient fava beans. Including 20 recipes with fava beans.


Fresh Fava or Faba Beans

They resemble the Lima bean but are rounder and have a somewhat larger and thicker pod. They are also known as English broad beans. They are the world's third most important bean; Europe's most important bean.

In general, the buying, preparing, and cooking instructions for Lima beans will apply to the fava bean.

They require a slightly longer cooking time.

Choose pods filled with smaller beans as large bulging beans indicate over maturity. 

Fava beans have a slightly bitter taste and are best cooked in bacon.


Shell when ready to cook. Store in the refrigerator unshelled, in a moisture proof container.

Refrigerator shelf, in pod, raw: 3 to 5 days

Refrigerator shelf, cooked and covered: 1 to 4 days

Refrigerator freezer, prepare for freezing: 1 month

Deep freezer, prepared for freezing: 10 months

Basic Preparation

Cut thin strips from the inner edge of the pods with scissors or snap the pods open with your fingers. Remove beans.

Cook in a small amount of salted boiling water for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Drain, add seasonings and butter, and serve.

In Chinese:蚕豆
British (UK) term: Fava beans
en français:fève
en español:haba

Recipes using fava beans

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