Though his choice of side dish was questionable, Hannibal Lecter sure knew his legumes. Fava beans are highly nutritious, containing folate, iron, manganese, and fiber. These nutrients support a wide variety of bodily processes, including, most notably, red blood cell manufacturing, metabolic function, and support of both the central nervous and immune systems.
Look for firm, fully-filled green pods. Larger bumps indicate larger beans and longer prep time, while smaller bumps indicate the opposite. The beans are bulky for their yield: 2 pounds of fresh pods will yield about 1 cup of peeled beans.
Calcium 15.4% Iron 55.8%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.3%
Vitamin K 16.9% Thiamin 55.5%
Riboflavin 29.4% Niacin 21.2%
Vitamin B-6 27.5% Folate 158.6%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 14.6%
Phosphorus 63.1% Magnesium 72.0%
Zinc 31.4% Selenium 17.6%
Copper 61.8% Manganese 122.0%