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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blanched Fava Beans

Because many have not been exposed to the wonderful world of Fava Beans, please allow me one last post to celebrate this springtime delicacy.

Blanched Fava Beans are a tender treat somewhat reminiscent of edamame.

Top Left: Blanched Fava Beans.
Top Right: Fava Bean peel.
Bottom: Peeled Fava Beans ... ready for snacking!

Shelled Fava Beans have a beautiful green color. Pack them in school or work lunch for simple, healthy snacking!

This is a great cooking project to get kids involved! Shelling and peeling Fava Beans is FUN!!!

  • 2 pounds fava beans in the pod (more or less)
  • Salt to taste

  1. Shell fava beans (2 pounds of beans in the pod should result in 1 1/2 to 2 cups of shelled beans).
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add fava beans and cook 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
  4. Drain boiled fava beans and immediately immerse in ice water. Cool for 6 - 8 minutes.
  5. Peel skins from fava beans (they should pop right out).
  6. Shelled Fava Beans can be consumed immediately or refrigerated for a day or two. Add salt to taste, if desired.


Tricia Buice said...

I never thought to take them as a snack - truly a brilliant idea! Love these in salads too. Have a wonderful day!

Pam said...

Great snack!

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Wow! My husband grew up on fava beans- he will love this! Thanks so much.
Xo Anna
Ps I had to delete my first comment - there were so many typos- sorry about that.