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.
Fava Beans are commonly found throughout the Middle East. This recipe for ful medames, which is the national dish of Egypt, utilizes fava beans in their skins. Soak the beans overnight and the skins should slide off the fava beans.