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In some warmer parts of the country, fava beans, also called broad beans, have already started to appear at local markets. The fava's large, flat seeds are eaten across the world; though native to North Africa, favas are now grown all around the Mediterranean, as well as in Latin America, in China and Thailand, and elsewhere across the globe.

While fava beans are often dried and stored, our favorite recipes make use of the beans in season, when the flesh is tender and the nutty flavor is at its freshest. Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Recipes

Bucatini with Fava Beans
Spaghetti with Pistachio Pistou, Fava Beans, and Mint
Pasta with Fava Beans, Red Bell Pepper, and Bacon
Egg Noodles with Fava Beans, Leeks, and Morels
Genovese Minestrone
Ful Medames (Egyptian-Style Breakfast Beans)
Fava Bean, Asparagus, and Green Bean Salad

How do you use fava beans?

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