Fava beans are used in many Italian dishes and have an earthy, delicious flavor. These shelled fava beans have been blanched and the tough outer skin removed to make them easy to use. Fava beans can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, stewed, mashed, sautéed, fried, or roasted.
Like many of our excellent dried beans, fava beans are an excellent source of fiber and provide protein and iron. To cook these premium quality beans, place them in a large pot of water over medium-high heat, bring them to a boil and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Then pour off the boiling water and proceed however you wish.
Also called broad bean, horse bean, fava bean, or faba bean, it is a species of vetch, a flowering plant in the pea and bean family Fabaceae.