Fava Beans are in Season
by Larissa Phillips

March 2008
Feeding Your Family

Since fava beans can be grown over the winter in protected spots, they are often one of the first fresh greens to appear on springtime menus. The vigorous, fast-growing plant has lots to offer nutritionally. Fava beans are high in protein, iron and fiber, and a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. They\'re also delicious, and a good reason to grab a couple pounds of pods when they show up in the market.

Choose firm, plump pods that show just a hint of the beans inside. Make a family activity out of shelling them, and then add them to salad, risotto or stew. Or just toss them with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and a soft cheese (such as young pecorino or goat cheese cut into cubes the size of the beans). Add salt and pepper and you have a lovely springtime celebration salad.

Larissa Phillips is an award-winning writer, cooking instructor and food writer for and Dominion Parenting Media. Email her at