Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fava Beans Vegetable

Fava Beans are an old European vegetable that was cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, before the discovery of America was the main legume in the diet, while it is now almost symbolic.

Fava Beans field at Put Marina Zlarin Dalmatia Croatia

Fava Beans (Vicia faba Latin), popularly known as thick (broad) beans, according historians are one of the oldest vegetable perennial plants, which is growing more than 8000 years. It is a herbaceous legumes, beans genus with solid hollow-stemmed and branched roots, height of about 80 - 120 cm. The whole plant is covered with fleshy, pinnate leaves from the bottom to the top of the stem. In the axils of leaves grow on short stems clusters of white hermaphroditic flowers with black spots, which are inbred, and that after flowering develop thick fleshy pods. As the pods mature and grow, and can grow up to 20 cm in length, so in these developing 5 to 10 extremely large eatable grain seeds. Younger pods can be also eatable, tasty and are a good source of minerals.

Fava Beans dish with Tortellini and Cherry Tomatoes from Put Marina Garden