Favas are one of the oldest cultivated plants known. Despite being called a bean, they are actually in the pea family. The pod is broad and soft green resembling a big, flat green bean. The fresh beans have creamy texture, similar in size and color to lima beans, and a fresh, nutty taste. Fava beans are low fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, good source of vitamin B1, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium, and an excellent source of fiber, folate, and manganese.
Interestingly, fava beans have been shown in small studies to help control symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in some patients.