Fresh fava bean avocado puree

by Katie on April 22, 2012

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I’ve been seeing fava beans at the market a lot lately – yes, fava beans in their giant pods, unshucked and unshelled. I posted about fava beans around this time last year. Then, I found the work involved in shucking and shelling the favas to be a turnoff. However, I’ve realized that preparing the favas is the perfect thing to do while listening to my favorite podcast or radio program.

Here’s my process. With my vintage 2005 iPod cranking, I put a pot of water on the stove while I shuck the beans (i.e. remove the beans from the pods). By the time I finish shucking, the water is boiling. I blanch the beans for one minute (or, when I’m making the recipe below, for five minutes), then plunge them into a bowl of ice water. Then I manually remove each bean from it’s shell. It’s actually kind of relaxing if you look at it as recreation as opposed to work.

I ended up with about a cup of shelled favas, which I pureed with avocado and spread on toast for breakfast, topped with pumpkin seeds (pepitas). This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Martha Rose Shulman’s book, Mediterranean Harvest.

If you don’t have fresh fava beans where you are, it would be fun to try this recipe with lima beans or edamame beans, which are available frozen.

Enjoy the spring!

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2sisters2cities May 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

This recipe looks delicious! I am actually hosting a fava bean linky party at as part of our Fresh Produce Tuesday series. I would love if you submitted this recipe!



Josh May 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hey Katie I love all the plant based recipes you’ve provided within your website. Tons of great content. I was wondering if it was ok if I use some of your recipes on my site for my readers and gladly link back to your articles.


Beth Kvernen June 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hey Katie,
I just found your blog while looking through the IRH website, and it’s fabulous! I’m definitely going to try out some of your recipes. We are also part of a CSA and it’s always good to find new sources for recipes. I hope you and Sean are doing well.


Katie July 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks Beth! I’ve had a lot of fun with it. I hope you enjoy the recipes! My best to you and your family.


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