Broad Beans or Fava Beans
454 g (1 lb)
From the plant Vicia faba, one of the most ancient plants cultivated and easiest to grow. Also called faba beans, relatives of green peas and the bean family. They had been part of the Mediterranean diet in the olden times, especially for Roman and Greek cuisines as major food and are still flourishing as an indispensable accompaniment in a great many a dish all over the world.
These frozen broad beans are young and tender fresh from their pods, flash frozen to preserve their youth and freshness. It has an earthy flavor with a little bit of sweetness. Rediscover these versatile beans and expand your recipe horizon in your kitchen.
These fava beans are also highly nutritious.
Broad beans are good for you. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, antioxidants and compounds that offer impressive benefits to the health.
They are a good source of vitamin K, B2, folate, manganese, and copper. The latter two minerals being the good tandem for bone health. They are also a great source of soluble fiber and plant-based protein. These nutrients along with its content in antioxidants not only contribute to the wellness of health overall, they aid as well in any weight loss regime, in a well-balanced diet and in keeping a good metabolism and immune system.
Their unique property backed by science is their richness in the compound called L-dopa (levodopa). This compound is said to be converted to dopamine, the neurotransmitter. Research has shown that eating fava beans may help with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, an illness that kills the cells that produce dopamine, which in turn leads to shaking and some motor malfunction of the body. Incorporating these beans in the diet may also alleviate depression and other mental issues.
Fair warning: when taking medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, or antipsychotics, consult doctor first for proper portion intake.
- have them steamed or boiled for a great accompaniment with your meat dishes
- they can also be fried or toasted beans, sprinkled with salt and spices for a crunchy healthy snack
- stew with other veggies, herbs and spices like cumin or parsley with a bit of lemon juice for a hearty dish
- they can be mashed to become a great ingredient for bean dips or pastes or flour-based snacks such as quesadillas
How to Cook:
Cook from frozen over medium heat. Place desired amount of broad beans into a pot of boiling water. Let boil and simmer until tender. Drain and serve boiled fava beans.
Microwave from frozen over high power. For every 100 g of broad beans, add 20 ml of water into a microwavable dish, cover and vent. Stir halfway through cooking. Leave sit for one minute. Drain and serve.
*guide only, check appliance for settings
How to defrost the freezing beans:
Let sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
Delivery: Frozen, packed by 454 grams
Storage: store in freezer at -18°C or 0°F.
*Do not refreeze thawed product. If thawed, cook immediately.
Shelf life: 24 months when kept frozen.
Cod Loin Fillet in Beans
150 g cod loin fillet
1/4 garlic clove, pressed
160 g frozen broad beans,
200 g peeled tomatoes, with juice
1 tsp olive oil
2 pinches ginger
2 pinches cumin
2 pinches paprika
1 tsp fresh coriander
Salt and pepper
Defrost frozen broad beans at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Sauté fish fillets with the spices and olive oil in a nonstick pan until all the sides are brown.
Set aside the fillets and sauté the pressed garlic clove on the same pan.
When the garlic is cooked, add the fillet pieces back along with the peeled tomatoes with some of their juice and the thawed beans.
Cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh coriander.
Serve hot and enjoy!