Fava Beans

Fava Beans
Fava Beans

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.

Selection Process

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.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp (9.4 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 32.1

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.1g 0.2%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.1%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 1.2mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 5.5g 1.8%

Dietary Fiber 2.4g 9.4%

Sugars 0.5g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 2.5g

Vitamin A 0.1% Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.0% Iron 3.5%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.0%
Vitamin K 1.1% Thiamin 3.5%
Riboflavin 1.8% Niacin 1.3%
Vitamin B-6 1.7% Folate 9.9%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.9%
Phosphorus 4.0% Magnesium 4.5%
Zinc 2.0% Selenium 1.1%
Copper 3.9% Manganese 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.