Also known as broad beans, fava beans are a springtime crop that is cultivated and eaten all over the world. Fava beans are one of the oldest known cultivated plants, dating back easily to about 6,000-BCE and was commonly eaten by ancient eastern Mediterranean settlers, Romans, and Greeks.
Today, fava beans are used in international recipes like African, South American, European, Middle-eastern, and Asian cuisines. The beans can be eaten as roasted fava beans, cooked, raw, or even dried for later use for snacks, fillings, sauces, stews, and salads.
Before we dive into how to make different types of roasted fava beans, let us understand what these beans are. These beans grow in large and bumpy green pods on flowering pea plants. The flowering pea plant is harvested in the spring season.
The cushy pods consist of large bright green beans that have clear but tough skin that needs to be removed before eating. Due to this labor-intensive process of preparing fava beans, it slowly grew in popularity, especially in a country like America, where there is no dearth of bean options.
Fava beans are sought out by vegetable lovers and professional chefs, fava beans tend to be more expensive than dried or fresh beans. If you are looking for some recipes for roasted fava beans, read more about it in the article below.