The smallest and most tender fava beans are available from early spring to early summer. As the beans mature, they lose some of their sweetness and become harder and starchier. Fava beans require a two-step preparation for cooking. First they are shucked from their pods, then the beans themselves are peeled. However, if the beans are very young and small, they can be eaten unpeeled.
- 3 lbs. fresh young fava beans, shelled
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
Bring large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add fava beans, reduce heat and simmer 1 minute. Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again. Pierce outer skin with thumbnail and squeeze each bean out of its skin with thumb and forefinger.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add beans, garlic and rosemary. Cover and cook until beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Calories: 309
- Carbohydrate Content: 45 g
- Fat Content: 8 g
- Fiber Content: 12 g
- Protein Content: 17 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
- Sodium Content: 535 mg