July 30th, 2006

Fava bean help?

I just bought fresh fava beans for the first time, and I find that I'm not sure how to prepare them.

My questions:

  • The beans are attached to the pod by little green connector pieces. Do I need to take those off, or can I eat them?

  • Each of the beans appears to have a fairly thick, lighter-green skin around a darker/brighter-green center. Do I eat both, or do I have to peel each bean?

  • How long should I cook them? How will I know they're done?

  • Is it ok to salt them as they cook, or do I need to wait?

    Thanks for any help!
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