Whole dried broad beans retain their skin and require soaking before use, but hold their shape even after prolonged cooking.
Soak overnight, drain and rinse. Place in a pan with plenty of water, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes until tender. Refreshing the water during cooking will remove more of the natural tannins from the bean skins and give a more subtle flavour. Unlike our smaller fava beans it's fairly easy (if fiddly) to remove the skin after soaking for a quicker cooking bean.
Cooking times for dried pulses will be longer at higher altitudes and when cooking with hard water or older pulses.
Adding bicarbonate of soda during soaking and/or cooking will soften the pulses and reduce the cooking time but does compromise the flavour and nutritional content. We don't recommend it, but if you live in an area with particularly hard water it can certainly help.
Cooked pulses can be used immediately or frozen for later use.
|Typical values||Per 100g|
|of which saturates||0.4g|
|of which sugars||2.1g|
Broad Beans are also a good source of Phosphorus, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Folate.
Delicious, nutritious and good for the soil, these are broad beans, Vicia faba, that have been left to ripen and dry before harvest.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Split Fava Beans are tasty, versatile and easy to cook - they don’t even need soaking.
Use our Organic Split Fava Beans to make dal, falafel or hummus - or add a handful or more to soups, stews or curries. The beans get softer and softer the longer they're cooked.
Or try our new Fava Bean Chips - they're cheaper than Split Fava Beans and cook just the same only a little faster.View full product details
Britain's original bean, the fava bean is delicious, nutritious and good for the soil. Our Organic Whole Fava Beans are perfect for spicy Egyptian ful medames, truly British baked beans, stews, curries, salads and more.
Our current crop of whole fava beans are the unusually small, round and wonderfully tender Maris Bead variety, bred over 50 years ago at the Plant Breeding Institute on Maris Lane near Cambridge. Whether they're cooked from dry or used canned, we think these are our best ever whole fava.