This bean looks like a very large lima bean. The pod is inedible unless the plant is very young. Avoid pods bulging with beans as this is an indication of age. Also known as the “broad 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

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