Fava Beans

Fava beans, also known as broad beans, field beans or horse beans actually belong to the pea family rather than the bean family.  Despite their well known association with Hannibal Lector, these meaty, strong flavored beans have been around for ages, and they work well in side dishes, soups or salads, It is believed that along with lentils, peas and chickpeas, they became part of the Mediterranean diet in around 6000 BC or earlier. Fava beans are very high in fiber and iron. As with most beans, they contain no cholesterol and are low in fats and help reduce risks associated with heart d..

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