Also known as the “fava bean,” “faba bean,” and “horse bean.”
A tan flat bean which looks like an overgrown lima bean. The large pod is inedible, unless very young. Habas are dried fava beans with the skins removed.
plural: fava beans
Season: available year-round
How to select: Available dried, canned or fresh. Choose fresh fava beans that are not bulding with beans. Avoid pods bulging with beans as this is an indication of age.
How to prepare: Blanch them first to remove the tough, inedible outer shell.
Matches well with: bacon, butter, cilantro, cream, garlic, ham, leeks, lemon, mushrooms, olive oil, parsley, Pecorino cheese, rosemary, sage, salt, savory, spinach, thyme, vinaigrette
Substitutions: fava beans = baby lima beans = soybeans