The Q&A Archives: Fava Beans

Questioner's Location: Oregon City, OR
Date: August 10, 1999

Question: How do I prepare fava beans? Should they be blanched and frozen, dried or canned? Are they similar in taste to lima beans?

Answer: Fava beans are a good alternative to lima beans. You can harvest when the pods drop from their erect habit on the stem and droop down. Shell and cook as you would a green shell bean, or dry and use as a dried bean. Either way, their taste and texture is similar to lima beans.

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