How to cook roasted fava beans? – That You Can Try!

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.

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What do fava beans taste like?

Overall, fava beans have a very delicate taste, something nutty and buttery, with a hint of bitterness. Most people describe the taste of the bean as a sweet and light vegetal flavor. When dried, fava beans may taste like dried chickpeas.

How do you roast fava beans?

Favas are un-bean beans. Whether you grill them or roast them in a hot oven, they will taste like small baked potatoes. There are several ways of roasting fava beans. However, the method here is considered the most basic one. There is very little prep involved here and the cleanup is easy as well.

Some ingredients you need include three-tablespoons of salt, 1/4-cup of olive oil, and 1-lbs of fava beans, whole in the pod. You first need to wash and dry the pods well, especially if they come from your garden or farmer’s market. This will remove the sand and dirt from the pods.

Unlike okra, do not clip off the ends of the pod. You want the beans to cook inside of the pods so that they remain intact. Add some olive oil in a pan and toss the pods. Add a generous amount of salt and cook the pods in an oven at 450-degrees for at least 30-minutes.

The fava beans will start getting black in some spots. Let the beans cook and remove them from the oven. You can serve them hot. All you need to do is tear the pods open and feast on the baked and delicious baked potato flavored beans inside. Or, you can use them as recipes for other goodies.

You can watch this video to understand more about the roasting process.

What are some dishes you can cook with roasted fava beans?

Roasted broad beans can be used to cook a wide range of tasty delicacies. Since fava beans are eaten all around the world, there are many different recipes available to cook the bean.

Before you start cooking, you need to narrow down your choices of dried or fresh bean recipes, since they can differ greatly in flavor and preparation. If you want to make falafel, pastes, stews, and soups, you can use dried beans.

For fried, roasted, steamed, and sautéed, you will need fresh beans. If you are looking for a particular roasted fava beans recipe, you can make use of the recipes mentioned below:

Parmesan baked fava bean chips

This fava bean snack is one of the easiest dishes that you can prepare with roasted fava beans. While it might take some time to prep for the dish and cook it, it is well worth the wait. Cooking this dish is as easy as it gets.

Ingredients:

  • Roasted fava beans (130-g, split)
  • Olive oil (2-tablespoon)
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Parmesan cheese (1-tablespoon, finely grated)
  • Lemon juice (1/2-tablespoon)

How to cook:

After you roast the fava beans, you need to add lemon juice and parmesan to the roasted beans. Once you roast for another 15-minute, it is ready to serve; or wait until the beans are crispy and golden-brown.

Roasted broad beans with ricotta and maitakes

Roasted fava beans with ricotta and maitakes is another easy fava bean snack that you can create without much fuss.

Ingredients:

  • Roasted fava beans
  • Olive oil (1/2-cup)
  • Black pepper and Kosher salt
  • Maitake mushrooms (4-pieces, broken down to further 3-4 pieces)
  • Ricotta cheese (Fresh, single-cup)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Parsley
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Sea salt

How to cook:

Roast the fava beans and toss them in a large bowl, as mentioned above. Next, you need to toss the mushrooms in the remaining in the pan and add them to the same baking sheet with the fava beans.

Once the beans are roasted, place them in four bowls. You can garnish the servings with additional olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ricotta cheese, and mushrooms. Also, spread some pecorino cheese, parsley, and mint. Season them with sea salt and the dish can be served immediately.

Garlic roasted fava beans

Garlic and fava beans are the best combination that the world enjoys. They go very well with each other and one of the best things you can cook with roasted fava beans.

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Garlic (2-cloves, minced)
  • Olive oil
  • Roasted fava beans

How to cook:

After you roast the beans, take out the fava beans. Then, you need to toss all the above-mentioned ingredients to the beans.

Once done, return the beans to the oven and heat it for another 15 minutes. Serve hot.

What are some health benefits of fava beans?

roasted fava beans

Fava beans are loaded with a lot of protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. They provide impressive health effects like better immunity and improved motor function. Here are some benefits of fava beans:

Fava beans are packed with nutrients

While these beans might seem small, they are filled with nutrients. They are rich in minerals, vitamins, folate, and plant protein. They are filled with soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol levels and helps in easy digestion. In small amounts, they also provide selenium, calcium, and vitamins.

May help deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is caused by the death of brain cells that produce dopamine. This leads to difficulty in walking and motor function. These symptoms can be treated with L-dopa medications. As you have guessed, fava beans are rich in L-dopa, a compound that is converted into dopamine.

Prevention of birth defects

Fava beans contain folate; hence, it promotes healthy growth and development of the fetus. Folate is a nutrient that is responsible for creating the cells and organs in the human body. If you are an expectant mother, eating anything that consumes folate will reduce the risk of problems related to the brain and spinal cord development of the infant or risk of neural tube defect.

Fava beans contain nutrients to boost your immune system

Fava beans are rich in nutrients, especially the ones that boost your immune system. These nutrients enhance antioxidant activity, which is important for your body’s immune system. They fight off free radicals that can lead to different types of diseases and cell damage.

Additionally, fava beans also contain compounds that encourage the ability of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, in human cells. This causes a delay in cellular aging.

How do you store fava beans?

Unshelled and fresh fava beans can be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to ten days. However, fava beans that are smaller and younger need to be used immediately.

As for shelled fava beans, you can store them in an airtight container, like the Glotoch Airtight Canisters, for two days, or up to a month when frozen. Dried fava beans can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature for about a year.

Where can you buy fava beans?

Most commonly, fava beans can be seen in grocery stores during the springtime. They are mostly still inside the pods. Since they have a short season, you must take a look at the beans you buy.

If you want to cook the entire pod, you need to buy thin ones and use them immediately. If the pods are large, you may need to shell, blanch, and peel before consuming the larger beans.

Alternatively, you can also try planting fava bean plants. Since they are annual plants, they can be grown at home. The growing season is between 75 and 80 days and the pods need to be picked out once they start feeling full.

Conclusion

From the above, you see that there are many different recipes that you can cook with roasted fava beans. Apart from a very nice taste, these beans are also great for your health and will improve your immune system.

Roasting these beans is not a very tough task. All you need are some simple ingredients and some time. Once done, it can be used for preparing a wide range of delicacies that you can serve to your family and friends. Of course, they are going to love you more for it!

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