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How to cook perfect fava beans: Tips for taste and tenderness

Broad beans without bitterness and tough skins? Just add a teaspoon of this ingredient.
Broad beans without bitterness and tough skins? Just add a teaspoon of this ingredient.
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6:02 PM EDT, July 1, 2024

The season for fava beans is in full swing! This delicious and healthy vegetable delicacy is hugely popular. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to cook it properly so that it is tasty, tender, and free from bitterness. Today, we'll share a simple trick that will make fava beans perfect!

Although cooking fava beans seems simple, there is a way to make them even tastier and more delicate. The key is one simple addition that can work wonders. See how easy it is to prepare fava beans that will impress everyone.

Why is it worth eating fava beans?

Fava beans are a delicious addition to summer dishes and a rich source of valuable nutrients. They contain, among others:


  • Fiber: aids digestion and intestinal peristalsis
  • Protein: essential for building and regenerating tissues
  • Potassium: regulates blood pressure and heart function
  • Magnesium: reduces stress and improves mood
  • Calcium: strengthens bones and teeth

Fava beans are also low in calories - 100 grams (about 3.5 oz) have only around 90 kcal. Regularly eating fava beans can help with weight loss, lower bad cholesterol and sugar levels, and keep you full for a long time.

How to cook fava beans to make them perfect

Cooking fava beans is very simple, but to get the best result, it’s worth using a few simple tricks:      

  1. Rinse thoroughly: Rinse the fava beans thoroughly under running water to remove any impurities.
  2. Add salt and baking soda: Add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda to boiling water. Salt will bring out the flavor of the fava beans, and baking soda will help them retain their beautiful green color and keep them from being tough.
  3. Cook at the proper heat: Cook the fava beans on medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not cook them too long, as they will lose their firmness and flavor.
  4. Add spices: You can add other spices, such as bay leaf, allspice, caraway seeds, or pepper, to the fava beans when they are being cooked.

Additional tips:    

  • To make the fava beans even more tender, soak them in water for a few hours before cooking.
  • If the fava beans have tough skins, gently cut them with a knife before cooking.
  • Cooked fava beans can be used in salads, soups, casseroles, or as a standalone meal addition.

By following these simple tips, you will surely cook perfect fava beans that will delight you with their taste and tenderness. Enjoy!

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