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This Fava Thing

May 9, 2013

The ganglion fava beans plants have been providing us with a modest but steady supply of beans for the last 3 or so weeks. Given that we had not knowingly consumed them before, we weren’t sure what to expect and planting them was a modest leap of faith that we would like them.

Verdict: We do like them.

We’ve mostly been eating them steamed with a little salt on salads; they complemented the chopped raw “green” garlic also added to make for an interesting variant of spring greens.

This evening I picked a handful and tried something different:

The bean pods:

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Inside, the beans in their sleeping bags:

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“Sleeping bags” is a sort of lame description but basically the beans themselves are double wrapped; they are encased individually and then collectively share the larger pod.

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The get to the tasty part, 2 or 3 minutes steamed softens and splits the cases to allow for removal:

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Now what?

Tonight I decided they would taste good sauteed with green garlic and a small shallot in olive oil:

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After a few minutes over very low heat they seemed ready to top the pasta and with a little fresh Parmesan became dinner:

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Good stuff.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2013 10:36 pm

    That looks good, I am going to try it; thank you for a little bit if inspiration and encouragement.

  2. May 9, 2013 11:56 pm

    That pasta dish looks fantastic. And I’m sure it tastes great. But I’m still not convinced that a double-shell bean is for me. Wouldn’t the same recipe have been tasty with boring old normal green beans?

  3. May 10, 2013 8:47 am

    Looks delicious! If you watch the FoodNetwork, especially Chopped you are already aware that Fava beans are used quite often in the dishes they prepare.

    • May 10, 2013 9:05 am

      Funny. I haven’t watched a total of 30 minutes of the food network in all the years it has been available here. At this point I wouldn’t have time to grow and cook if I spent time watching it on TV. Maybe it is something about peak time requirments career-wise and no time to watch, just time to “do”. Or maybe the cold hard fact that mrs cohutt controls the remote has a bearing on it……

  4. May 13, 2013 11:34 am

    How many plants do you have? I just planted my first try at favas and I only have about 20 plants (small plot community garden)

    • May 13, 2013 3:56 pm

      Seems like the packet from Johnny’s was for 50 seeds. I don’t (think) I ordered 2 packs.
      They cover maybe 48 sf of beds.

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