An Ode to Fava Beans

Oh fava bean,

So bright and green,

You taste like spring.

But when I get you home

and start to shell

I want to say go to he–

You take hours of time

that I’d rather be mine

…but I guess you’re worth it.

 

How do you feel about fava beans? I love to eat them but hate all the effort involved! Especially after growing them this year and having a giant crop in my school garden. Countless plants lined a fence with huge beans attached. We couldn’t even pick them all – with lots of little hands helping!

P.S. I didn’t include a recipe but basically I tossed whole wheat pasta with goat cheese, fava beans, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

17 Comments on An Ode to Fava Beans

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

      @Peggy – thank you! :)

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am (4 years ago)

      @Shea – thanks! :)

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:15 am (4 years ago)

      @Ann – thanks! They’re really good if you ever have a chance to try them. They just take a lot of time to prep.

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:16 am (4 years ago)

      @Erin – you should definitely try them! They’re delicious, just a pain and time consuming to prep. It’s better if you can enlist someone to help you if you have a lot to shell.

  1. Tiffany
    June 9, 2011 at 5:04 am (4 years ago)

    I have a love/love relationship with them! I don’t shell them though… I braise the entire fava bean pod (I have a recent post on my blog). It saves a TON of time!!! :D
    Tiffany recently posted Guava Bread Pudding

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    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:16 am (4 years ago)

      @Tiffany – ooooh good tip! I will check out your blog post. Thanks! :)

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:16 am (4 years ago)

      @Hester Casey – thanks! You should definitely try them if you get a chance.

    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

      @Angie – I’ll have to try that next season. I think that works best with young beans and it would be so much easier!

  2. Nicole- The Galley Gourmet
    June 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I adore fava beans and have a crop growing in my kitchen garden as well. I completely understand your frustration of prepping them, but I agree it is worth it. Fortunately for me, I have three eager helpers in the kitchen to help me with those pesky pods. Love fava beans and love my children:)

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    • Stephanie
      June 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm (4 years ago)

      @Nicole – that’s great! I love cooking with kids.

  3. Hester aka The Chef Doc
    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am (4 years ago)

    Oh, I love fava beans! I make a great mash with them and spread it on just-baked ciabiatta bread with fresh goat cheese. Sooooo good! Although it is labor intensive, the joy that I get out of eating them simply outweighs my grumpiness while shelling them :-)

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