Inventory, 28 lbs : 10.39
This item was last sold on : 07/31/14
Fava beans are available year round with a peak season in spring.
Fava beans, botanical name Vicia faba, are also know as broad beans, field beans and Windsor beans. They are a hardy perennial grown as an annual and often used during crop rotation and specifically utilized as ground cover to preserve the soil and reduce weed growth. The crops are then turned into the soil to invigorate the soil with nitrogen and organic nutrients. In fact, most fava plants are grown as a cover crop far more often than a food crop as it requires a relatively large area to produce modest harvests.
Fava bean pods are thick with a cottony interior encapsulating 2 to 7 large lemon lime-colored beans. While the fava pods are considered inedible, the beans are tender, with a sweet, mild grassy flavor reflective of spring. The beans are similar in shape to a lima bean, plump and curvaceous. The bean's skin is thick and their texture can range from starchy to creamy depending on how young they are and how they are prepared. The young gray-green leaves, shoots, tendrils and white and black flowers of the fava plant are all edible with lean bright grassy flavors.
Fresh Fava beans are often prepared with other spring vegetables, such as peas, asparagus and morel mushrooms. Their mild flavor and unique texture adds character to salads and soups. Fresh fava beans can be pureed into spreads and served as appetizers. Pair with fresh herbs, sheep's milk cheeses, citrus, pastas, cream or wine-based sauces, young greens such as spinach and pea tendrils, bacon, lamb and seafood. Late season fava beans will become more filled out and starchier requiring a second peeling of the outer bean and cooking the beans, either by blanching or braising. Immature beans can be canned or frozen. Dried fava beans are common and are treated like most dried beans, soaked and cooked low and slow.
In Crete fresh Fava beans are shelled and eaten as companion to tsikoudia, a traditional Cretian alcoholic drink.
Fava beans are one of the oldest crops known, with archeological remains found in Israel recording their cultivated origins as early as the Neolithic period (6800-6500 BC). Their cultivation spread along the Mediterranean into southwestern Asia and Africa, along with companion pulses such as chickpeas and lentils. Fava beans are now cultivated in over 50 countries, preferring cool seasons and temperate regions similar to that in which they were first cultivated. There is no known wild ancestor to the fava bean.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Rancho Valencia||Del Mar CA||858-756-1123|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Union Kitchen & Tap||Encinitas CA||760-230-2337|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Burlap||San Diego CA||858 369 5700|
|Gaslamp Union Kitchen & Tap||San Diego CA||619-654-3736|
|Georges at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-454-4244|
|Roy's La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-455-1616|
|Solterra Winery +Kitchen||Encinitas CA||760-230-2970|
|Marriott Gaslamp||San Diego CA||619-696-0234 x6051|
|Uptown Tavern||San Diego CA||619-847-4688|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|JR Produce||San Diego CA||858-270-3857|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Baci||San Diego CA||619-275-2094|
|Davanti Enoteca India St.||San Diego CA||619-237-9606|
|Davanti Enoteca El Camino Real||San Diego CA||858-519-5060|
|The Hake||La Jolla CA||619-994-7832|
|Trattoria I Trulli||Encinitas CA||760-943-6800|
|B Bar-Vista||Vista CA||760-659-5585|
|Third Corner Encinitas||Encinitas CA||619-417-9251|
|Sea & Smoke||Del Mar CA||858-925-8212|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
|Tapenade||San Diego CA||858-551-7500|
|Cafe 21 Adams||San Diego CA||619-640-2121|
|Bleu Boheme||San Diego CA||619-255-4167|
|Brigantine Pt Loma||San Diego CA||619-224-2871|
|Searsucker||San Diego CA||619-233-7327|
|Friends of Specialty Produce||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Hotel Del Coronado 1500 Restaurant||Coronado CA||619-435-6611|
|Brigantine Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-481-1166|
|Brooklyn Girl||San Diego CA||619-296-4600|
|Bernardo Heights Country Club||San Diego CA||858-487-4022|
|Brigantine La Mesa||La Mesa CA||619-465-1935|
|Croces West||San Diego CA||619-233-4355|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Azul La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-454-9677|
|Hyatt Islandia||San Diego CA||619-224-1234|
|La Villa||San Diego CA||619-255-5221|
|Bertrand at Mr A's||San Diego CA||619-239-1377|
|Blue Ribbon Hillcrest Rustic Kitchen||San Diego CA||760-415-2380|
|Pacifica Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-0505|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Solace & the Moonlight Lounge||Encinitas CA||760-753-2433|
|Paradise Point Resort Tidal||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Urban Solace||San Diego CA||619-295-6464|
|Barbarella||San Diego CA||858-454-7373|
|The Pearl Hotel||San Diego CA||877-732-7573|
|Tom Hams Light House||San Diego CA||619-291-9110|
|Cal A Vie||Vista CA||760-945-2055|
|Martinis above Fourth||San Diego CA||619-241-2622|
|The Craftsman New American Tavern||Encinitas CA||760-415-2380|
|La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club||San Diego CA||858-454-7126|
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