What are fava beans?
They are spring time crop and a popular ingredient in many cuisines of Asia, Middle East, Europe, South America and Africa. They can be eaten raw or cooked and are mostly used in salads, sauces, stews, snacks and fillings.
How to choose the best?
Look for fava beans 2-3 inches long with a rich light green color and evenly developed pods. If the color is pale and pod smooth, it means that the beans are half-grown.
How to use them?
Fava beans can be used both as dry and fresh. Dried beans are mostly used in soups, pastes and falafel, while fresh beans can be sauteed, boiled fried or steamed. You can add raw fava beans in salads, or slightly cooked with other vegetables like asparagus.
Where to store them?
For fresh, unshelled beans, you can keep them in a plastic bag and refrigerate up to ten days, whereas for dry beans, you may keep them in an airtight jar and store them for months.