Information about Legumes: Fava Beans

About fava beans, information on the legumes, uses and production, history and location in the world.

Fava Bean

These beans are also known as broad, horse, or Windsor beans. They are the 3rd most important beans in the world, and the principal beans in Europe. Fava beans, like all the others, are seed-propagated and grown as annuals. They consist of 21%-25% protein, 58%-64% carbohydrates, and about 1 1/2% fat. These are the favorite beans of Near Eastern cookery, but it is interesting to note that the fava beans are potentially poisonous and can be fatal to people with an enzyme (G-6-PD) deficiency. This genetic deficiency occurs only in some families of Mediterranean origin.

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