Do not get discouraged by the hands holding a pod of fresh, Fava beans.
These are the hands of a real farmer.
Should you be able to find and buy some green, fresh Fava Beans consider yourself a lucky person.
Fava Beans are the national food of Malta, which is an independent island, located off the south of Italy.
Fava Beans are not exclusively grown there, they re also grown in Egypt, some areas of the Middle East, Greece, Italy and Spain.
Additinally, they are grown for commercial use in Bolivia, South America. Therefore, Fava Beans in the dry format are predominantly imported from Bolivia.
Different nationalities eat Fava Beans in different ways. Some of them dry the Beans and make a paste called Bigilla, others boil the Beans in Tomato Sauce and Onions, with Garlic and Olive Oil.
The following recipe is for Fava Beans in Tomato Sauce
1 lb Fava Beans
6 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 can of Mr. Goudas Diced Tomatoes with Herbs and Spice
2 or 3 cloves of Garlic
2 tbsp. Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce
Salt and Black Pepper to Taste
Wash beans, place in medium saucepan with enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
Dice the Onion and cloves of Garlic.
Add to the Beans and incorporate the other ingredients.
Simmer on medium/low heat.
Stir occasionally until the liquid evaporates and the Fava Beans are soft and tender.
Add Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
No matter how you cook them, you may fall in love with them.
It is like flying up to Heaven.
Please remember to send us a postcard!
Unfortunately, you cannot find green, fresh Fava Beans every day.
However, when in season, I suggest you buy an extra pound or two and freeze them for future use.
Spyros Peter Goudas