Fava Beans with Meyer Lemon, The Vegetable Diva

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fava Beans, the Vegetable Diva
Fava Beans with Meyer Lemons

It's Fava Bean season! It's a bit early (the farmer's market vendor says it has been so hot in Central California that things are burning up and coming up early). The season is pretty short so get them when you see them.

And get them when you are full of peaceful zen and patience.

To me, Fava Beans are vegetable divas. They require TWO peelings. But there is a reason why Mother Nature gave it so much padding - to protect it's yummy center.

Fava Beans, the Vegetable Diva
Russ Parson's of the Los Angeles Times recommends buying a POUND of fava beans PER PERSON. Serious. There is a lot of organic compostable waste in fava beans.

First, you remove the pods from the bean.

Then, blanch the pods in boiling water for a minute or so.

The pods look milky white. But you aren't done. You need to remove that white layer to grab the beautiful green fava bean.

Fava Beans, the Vegetable Diva Fava Beans, the Vegetable Diva
To get the bean out, I split the white layer with my nail. You can't just pop it out. You need to peel/slit the outer cover. Dude, I warned you. DIVA VEGETABLE.

Finally, after getting to the fava, you might be exhausted. So go simple and saute the beans with some olive oil and Meyer lemon zest. Finish with some good sea salt and cracked pepper.

Here are some other pretty things I found at the Farmer's Market. I'll post something I made with these strawberries this week!

Fava Beans with Meyer Lemon

Fava Beans, the Vegetable Diva
1. Listen to an audiobook and get the fava beans out of the pods.
2. Blanch beans for a minute or so.
3. Remove the outer milky layer to reveal a bright green bean.
4. Saute beans in olive oil.
5. Zest a lemon into the pan, to taste.
6. Top with sea salt and cracked pepper. Serve immediately (well, after you take a photo! :)

Here's some other recipes:
LA Times: 6 Recipes for Fava Beans
The Kitchn: 5 Ways to Cook Fava Beans
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Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said... [Reply to comment]

Hahaha! It looks like your efforts were rewarded, a lovely side dish or snack.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Scrumptious! can't wait to try some fava beans!
Mary x

Savannagal said... [Reply to comment]

I've never had them, but will try them if I can find them. I do wonder though, what is wrong with eating the white covering? Is it poisonous? Tough and woody? Bitter? Just wondering. Thanks.

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