Fava beans

We’ve been enjoying our CSA haul again, especially since the bag arrived for a Brown dinner at our place and we got to spend time contemplating it with friends. The oddest inclusion was a bag of fava beans. They’re enormous. The pods are 4-6″ long, and you have to peel off a fibrous shell to get to the beans themselves. Everyone else knew that these should be served with a nice chianti, and we were gernerally creeped. Here I am, mid-peeling:

Then you boil them for a few minutes and strip off the heavy membranes around them, a tiny sprinkling of salt, then you eat. Turns out that they’re yummy. I’m a huge fan.

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