Broad beans (also known as fava beans) are a great source of protein and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins A, B1 and B2.
They have a pale green pod which, when cracked open, reveals the large, flattish beans.
Broad beans have a casing that can be tough and bitter. If you pinch the bean between your fingertips and squeeze, the bright green inner bean should break through.
This process takes a little time, but it's worth it. If you're in a hurry, the flavour of broad beans works well with other seasonal greens like asparagus or peas – so you can bulk out the quantities and save time on peeling. Broad beans can be bought fresh or frozen, however frozen ones still need to be peeled.
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