What Do Fava Beans Taste Like?

In this article, we're going to cover what fava beans taste like along with other tips and facts bout them that you'll be interested in...

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What Do Fava Beans Taste Like?

Many people are confused by fava beans since they look so similar to lima beans. While they are similar in shape and, sometimes, in size, that is where the similarities end.

Fava beans are a less starchy legume than others that you can buy or cook and tend to have a very round and rich flavor. They are described as being:

  • Full in flavor
  • Nutty
  • Slightly bitter
  • Slightly sweet

One thing that many people notice when they first try fava beans is that they often have a slight hint of a cheese flavor that really sets them apart from other beans. This umami flavor can be coaxed out in certain dishes.

Fava Bean Texture

Fava beans have to be shelled before they can be eaten, and then, while the beans are covered with an edible outer peel, it’s best to remove this, as well. This outer peel should be removed so that the beans are creamier and so that you don’t have to deal with a hard peel in your beans.

Fresh fava beans are much creamier and have a milder flavor than canned or dried beans do.

Dried fava beans tend to feel more like chickpeas. They have a texture that, while still creamy, is a little grainy, as well.

What Are Fava Beans Similar to?

There are a few different legumes that you can use in a recipe if you don’t have any fava beans on hand.

  • Lima beans look like fava beans and have a similar texture.
  • Edamame, or fresh soybeans, are a great substitute if you are going to use fresh fava beans in a recipe.
  • Chickpeas are a wonderful option for replacing dried fava beans and have the same rich flavor.
  • While not a perfect match, fresh peas can be used in the place of fresh edamame in most recipes and have a bright flavor that is very similar.

Ideas for Eating Fava Beans

These legumes are incredibly versatile and can be used to make anything from main courses to side salads.

In this video you can see how easy it is to make a delicious vegan fava bean salad that relies on cucumber, maple syrup, and a twist of lemon to brighten up the flavors.

Fava beans can also be used to make a hearty, delicious, and warming stew that goes great when served with a side of rice.

Fava beans can also be used to make a creamy and rich dip with cumin, garlic, and olive oil. This dip is flavorful and can easily be used in place of hummus.

Wrap up

As you can see, fava beans are incredibly versatile and deserve a place in every kitchen. No matter if you want to grow yours fresh so you can enjoy the bright flavor they offer or cook dried beans, there’s a recipe out there that will meet your needs.

Try fava beans when you want a delicious legume that can stand alone or be used as an ingredient in a creamy and rich meal.

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