fava bean

fa·​va bean | \ ˈfä-və- \

Definition of fava bean

: the large, flat, edible, starchy seed of an Old World upright vetch (Vicia faba) that is typically pale green to whitish in color and is eaten raw, blanched, or cooked also : this plant widely grown for its seeds and as fodder

called also broad bean, horse bean

— see favism

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Similar to fava beans and English peas, fresh chickpeas grow on vines and generally contain one to two beans per pod. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Make the fresh chickpea hummus from Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills," 18 Apr. 2018 His falafels, for example, are made with fava beans instead of chickpeas and also include sesame seeds. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "At new St. Roch Market stall, Cairo native serves up Egyptian culture," 6 Apr. 2018 Among the five main courses is an exceptional vegetarian option: farro verde ($26) with asparagus, olives, fava beans and green garlic vinaigrette. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 The drinks are simple (get a straight shot) and there's no food save for toasted peanuts and fava beans sold from a roving snack vendor. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 The fava beans are another story of modest grandeur. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Rack of Pork with Baked Fava Beans," 11 Oct. 2012 Fava Beans As a legume, fava beans fix nitrogen in the soil. Sunset, "Top 10 Cover Crops for Your Fall Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 Holiday specials include Dungeness crab salad with beet purée, avocado, Beluga lentils and crème fraîche; and Alaskan halibut and clams with fingerlings, fava beans and chorizo. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Where to take mom for Mother's Day brunch," 3 May 2018 Antipasti specials include a salad of frisée, asparagus, fresh fava beans, tarragon, crispy guanciale and farm egg ($23). Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Our 2018 Easter dining guide: brunch buffets, mimosas and plenty of eggs," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fava bean

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fava bean

Italian fava "fava bean," going back to Latin faba, going back to dialectal Indo-European *bhab(h)- (whence also Serbian & Croatian bȍb, bòba "bean," Polish bób, Russian bob all going back to Slavic *bobŭ), probably borrowed from a European substratal language

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English Language Learners Definition of fava bean

chiefly US : a large, flat, pale green seed that is eaten as a vegetable

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