You may call them broad beans; I call them fava. But whatever name you prefer, they’re in season now, and I’ve got a bag full of them in my fridge from the farmer’s market that are begging to be used for tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner. The only problem is, I don’t know exactly what to do with them. As anyone who’s made them knows; fava beans require a lot of manual labor — bought fresh, they have to be stringed and shucked, parboiled, and shucked again before being used in recipes. Still, the nutritious, flavorful beans are worth the work, especially if you have a good recipe for them to land in.
I looked for ten of the most appetizing fava bean recipes (that don’t include meat, of course), and here’s what I found. Share yours in the comments section, below, and tell us if you ever find an easier way to shuck this springtime treat!
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