Hindi Name: सेम
Broad beans or fava beans are firm and crisp pods that palate a strong beany flavor. Broad beans are eaten while still young and tender. They are flat greens pods. It is a widely grown crop, also used for ornamental purposes. Broad beans are prepared by removing the skin and blanching them for a minute or two. They are then squeezed out for their skins easily to reveal the beautiful beans.
The leaves of broad beans can be used in salads or cooked like a vegetable. Young beans can be consumed after being fried and salted, prepared into a puree, bean paste or used to make a filling for snacks or in soups.
The beans are a great source of dietary fiber. They are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B1and B2. Due to its high protein and fiber contents, it's beneficial for people on diets. It also aids cognitive function, blood cell and nerve development.
Did you know?
Greeks and Romans used beans to vote and as food for the dead.
Dreaming of a bean is considered a bad omen.
Quick Tip: While buying avoids the soft pods and go for the firm and crisp ones.