Approx. 3 cups per pound.
Fava beans, aka broad beans, have a slightly sweet, mineral flavor. Fava beans high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. The science backed health benefits are many. Not only are our fava beans taste amazing there are many health benefits you get from eating organic fava beans.
- Great for Expecting Mothers: Fava beans are high in folate which is important for spinal cord and brain formation during pregnancy. Having enough folate in pregnant women could help stop neural tube birth defects
- Immune Boosting: Increses antioxident activity in cells and this enhances the immune system
- Lower Blood Pressure: fava beans are packed full of magnesium and potassium which help relax blood vessels
- Promotes Weight Loss: foods rich in protein like fava beans will help you consume fewer calories overall
- Lower Cholesterol levels: fava beans are high in soluable fiber which has been proven to lower cholesterol levels
Steamed or roasted fava beans can be added to a salad or snack.
Greek Fava Bean Stew
- 1 pound dried Fava beans (soaked overnight, see Note)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 large or 2 medium onions (diced)
- 1 1/2 pounds diced tomatoes (or substitute a 28 ounce can, drained)
- 1 cup fresh parsley (diced)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups water
- Dash salt (or to taste)
- Dash freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat.
- Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, parsley, cumin, and bay leaves and continue to saute for another 5 to 10 minutes until the flavors are nicely combined.
- Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the Fava beans and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer covered for 45 minutes.
- Remove the cover and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Simmer another 10 to 15 minutes until the beans are tender cooked but not mushy.
- Discard bay leaves
- Serve with a drizzle of your favorite extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh parsley
- NOTE: Soaking dried beans rehydrates them and results in more tender beans and shorter cooking time. If you don’t have an extra day to soak the beans overnight, you can boil briefly, and drain to achieve same result.
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