What are Fava Beans?

Fava beans were cultivated in the Mediterranean region at least as far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks, representing one of the oldest crops to be cultivated by humans. It should therefore come as no surprise that they have for a long time served as a key component of many falafels.

Though this popular food is called a bean, it is in reality a type of pea. They grow in long, pea-like pods, from which they must be shelled before cooking. Fans of these beans describe them as having a distinct, creamy flavor that goes well with many dishes. They have been a big part of culinary traditions throughout the Mediterranean for hundreds of years, particularly during the summer when the crop is in season.

Fava beans are not only delicious, but also a healthy choice. They feature many valuable vitamins and minerals, including a rich serving of copper, vitamin B6, vitamin K, thiamin, potassium, folate, selenium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. They are also a strong source of dietary fiber.

Come to Athena’s Food Truck in Seattle for a hearty falafel sandwich today!