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Fava beans: delighting in this Brazilian delicacy

As a food journalist, I'm always on the lookout for new flavors and culinary experiences. Recently, I discovered a Brazilian delicacy that has left me spellbound: fava beans.

Fava beans

Fava beans: delighting in this Brazilian delicacy

I don't know how I let so much time pass without trying this bean with its unique flavor and soft texture. Fava beans are a traditional dish in many regions of Brazil and can be eaten in a variety of ways, from salads to soups and stews.

I'm excited to share with you everything I've discovered about fava beans, from their origin to their health benefits and delicious recipes. So let's get started!

Main Conclusions

  • Fava beans are a Brazilian delicacy with a unique flavor and soft texture.
  • It can be eaten in a variety of ways, from salads to soups and stews.
  • In the course of this article, we'll talk about the origin of fava beans, their health benefits and some recipes.

What are fava beans?

My dear readers, today we're going to talk about a Brazilian delicacy that is a real gastronomic treasure: fava beans. This extremely tasty and nutritious bean is a very common ingredient in the cuisine of the north and northeast of the country.

The fava bean is a legume from the Fabaceae family, the same family as the common bean. It is known for being one of the richest sources of vegetable protein, as well as being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

The beans of the fava bean are large and flat, with a color that can vary between green and brown. When cooked, they have a soft, firm texture and a flavor that is difficult to describe: it is slightly sweet and somewhat reminiscent of the taste of peas or lentils.

Fava beans are a very versatile food and can be used in a variety of recipes, from stews and soups to salads and garnishes. If you haven't tried this delicacy yet, you don't know what you're missing!

Fava beans

What are fava beans?

Fava beans is a legume from the Fabaceae family that is very common in the cuisine of northern and northeastern Brazil. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals and has a slightly sweet taste.

Origin and history

When I started to fall in love with fava beans, I became curious about their origin and history. It was then that I discovered that this legume originated in the Mediterranean and was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese during colonization. Since then, fava beans have become a very popular delicacy in various regions of the country.

Fava beans, also known as lima beans, are grown in many countries around the world, including Spain, Italy, Turkey and Mexico. It's a very versatile bean and can be used in a variety of recipes, from soups and salads to side dishes.

The history of the fava bean goes back to ancient times, when it was known by the Egyptians as a sacred food and by the Romans as a symbol of fertility and abundance. In the Middle Ages, its cultivation spread throughout Europe and it became widely used in cooking.

Today, fava beans are known for being a very nutritious legume rich in protein, fiber and vitamins, making them an excellent choice for those looking for a healthy and balanced diet.

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"Fava beans, also known as lima beans, are grown in several countries around the world, such as Spain, Italy, Turkey and Mexico."

Health benefits of fava beans

Often, the most delicious foods are also the healthiest. And this is no different with Fava Beans, a Brazilian delicacy that is not only tasty, but also rich in important nutrients.

NutrientQuantity per 100g

As we can see from the table above, fava beans are extremely rich in protein, which is especially important for vegetarians and vegans who need to find alternative sources of protein. In addition, its fiber helps the intestinal tract and prevents diseases such as colon cancer.

Fava beans are also an excellent source of iron, phosphorus and folate. Iron is important for preventing anemia, phosphorus is essential for healthy bones and teeth and folate is important for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as it helps prevent birth defects.

So the next time you're looking for a healthy and delicious option, be sure to try Fava Beans!

Fava beans


As a food lover, I'm always fascinated by culinary curiosities. And with fava beans, it couldn't be any different! Here are some interesting facts about this delicacy:

  • The fava bean is native to the Mediterranean and its consumption dates back to the time of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt;
  • According to Greek legend, Prometheus offered the fava bean to men as a gift from heaven;
  • The fava bean is mentioned in The Spanish Kitchen by Penelope Casas as "one of the noblest legumes";
  • In popular culture, fava beans are often associated with luck and financial prosperity;
  • In some parts of the world, such as Mexico and Egypt, fava beans are commonly eaten as a salad;
  • The first record of the use of fava beans in Brazilian cuisine dates back to the 18th century, in a recipe book written by a Jesuit priest.

So, who knew all these interesting facts about our beloved fava beans? I certainly learned a lot while researching for this article!

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Interesting recipes

As I mentioned earlier, I love fava beans and I love experimenting with them different recipes with it. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Fava Bean Salad with Feta Cheese

For this recipe, cook the fava beans until tender. Then mix with cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber and chopped red onion. Add some olives and crumbled feta cheese. For the dressing, mix olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper.

Fava Bean Salad with Feta Cheese Recipe

Fava Beans with Bacon and Eggs

This recipe is for a healthy and delicious breakfast. Cook the fava beans and fry the bacon in a pan. Then remove the bacon and add the fava beans to the same pan. Stir the fava beans over medium heat until they are hot and crispy. Serve with fried eggs.

Fava Bean Guacamole

This is a healthy and delicious variation on traditional guacamole. In a food processor, blend cooked fava beans, ripe avocado, fresh coriander, lime juice and salt until you get a creamy consistency. Serve with toast or as an accompaniment to chicken tacos.

Chilli with fava beans

For this vegetarian chili recipe, cook fava beans, onions, peppers and garlic in a large saucepan. Add canned tomatoes, vegetable stock, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes. Serve with rice and guacamole.

With these recipes, you can enjoy the delicious taste and nutritional benefits of fava beans in different and interesting ways. Try them and enjoy!

Recipe 1: A starter with lots of flavor and texture

This first recipe is a great option for those who want to impress their guests right at the start of the meal. I love this combination of flavors and textures, and I'm sure you will too.


  • 250g cooked fava beans
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 50g crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of preparation:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until soft
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes
  4. Add the fava beans and mix well
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish
  7. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top
  8. Finish with chopped fresh parsley

This recipe is so easy to make that you can prepare it in just a few minutes. The best thing is that the end result is a very tasty starter with an incredible texture thanks to the fava beans. And don't forget to serve it with some fresh bread!

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Recipe 2: Braised Fava Beans

This recipe is perfect for those who want a quick and easy way to prepare fava beans. The stew enhances the flavor of the beans and goes well with a variety of dishes. Let's go?

stewed fava beans

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

IngredientsThe amount
Boiled fava beans2 cups
Onion1 unit
Garlic2 teeth
Olive oil2 tablespoons
Black pepperAugust

Method of preparation:

  1. Chop the onion and garlic into small cubes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic until golden.
  3. Add the cooked fava beans to the pan with the onion and garlic.
  4. Mix well and cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Ready to serve!

"With this recipe, braised fava beans have become one of my favorite side dishes. It's delicious with rice, salads and even a simple piece of toast. Give it a try!"

Enjoy this simple but tasty recipe to experience the best of fava beans. Enjoy!

Recipe 3: Delicious Fava Bean Stew with Sausage

This is one of my favorite Fava Bean recipes - a spectacular sauté with sausage. It's easy to make and incredibly tasty. Here's the list of ingredients and the step-by-step instructions:


  • 500g Fava Beans
  • 1 Calabrian sausage
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (or sweet paprika)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of water

Method of preparation:

  1. Cut the sausage into thin slices and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until golden.
  3. Add the sausage and bay leaf and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, paprika, salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the fava beans and water and mix well. Cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  6. Serve hot with white rice and salad.

It may seem a bit laborious at first, but the result is worth it. This dish is very tasty and a great option for a family lunch or even dinner with friends.

And to give it a special flavor, how about finishing with a little grated Parmesan cheese on top? (You were salivating there, weren't you?) Now all you have to do is enjoy!

Fava beans with sausage recipe

Recipe 4: Fava beans with sausage

Broad beans are an ingredient that yields incredible dishes. For this recipe, the smoky flavor of the sausage combines perfectly with the sweet taste of the fava beans. It's a simple dish to make and very versatile - it can be served as a side dish or as a main course.


  • 500g cooked broad beans
  • 300g sliced smoked sausage
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of preparation:

  1. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until golden.
  2. Add the sausage and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add the cooked broad beans and season with salt and pepper, mixing everything together.
  4. Cook for a few minutes and serve hot.

This recipe is perfect for a Sunday lunch with the family. The smoky aroma of the sausage will make everyone's mouth water. And to complement the dish, how about a green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers? It's delicious!

Fava beans with sausage


Well, I guess you can tell by now that I'm a big fan of fava beans, can't you? But it's hard not to fall in love with this delicious and versatile legume, which can be used in a variety of recipes and also has numerous health benefits.

If you haven't tried it yet, don't waste any more time! Run to the nearest market or supermarket and buy your packet of fava beans now. I'm sure you won't regret it.

And if you're already a fan like me, how about trying some of the recipes I've shared here? I'm sure you'll love them.

Have your mouth watered? I'm already thinking about what dish I'm going to prepare with fava beans today.

Try it and let me know what you think!

Common questions

What are fava beans?

Fava beans are a delicious Brazilian delicacy, known for their unique flavor and soft texture.

What is the origin and history of fava beans?

Fava beans have their roots in Brazilian cuisine and have been cultivated for centuries. Its history goes back to the indigenous peoples who already consumed and appreciated this legume.

What are the health benefits of fava beans?

Fava beans are an excellent source of protein, fiber and essential vitamins. They also help regulate cholesterol and promote digestive health.

What fun facts are there about fava beans?

Did you know that fava beans are considered a symbol of prosperity and abundance in some cultures? What's more, they can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups and salads to stews and side dishes.