Fava Beans, also known as "broad beans," are flat, green, oval beans that grow in large, inedible pods, with a translucent covering that should be removed before use. Dried, they are greenish-brown and have a meaty, starchy texture and a bold, earthy flavor.
Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak beans overnight, then squeeze each bean to remove the outer skin. Rinse and place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 2 hours. This bean produces foam, so skim the water regularly while cooking.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Commonly found throughout the Middle East, ful medames is the national dish of Egypt. Serve it with warm pita as a snack or spread on a sandwich as an alternative to hummus.