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This week we are settling into our bean bags with a cup of lemon & honey tea to talk about Fava beans.
As you may or may not be aware, we here at Get Farmed are super proud of something we like to call our Fava Bean Supersnack.
And what makes this tasty little wholesome snack so super you ask?
Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are green coloured legumes that grow in their own pod. They have no saturated fat or cholesterol and are a very rich source of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre promotes digestive system health and helps prevent obesity, stroke and heart disease. Fava beans are also a nutrient-dense food, meaning they provide essential nutrients without being rich in calories. The beans are a good source of Vitamin B1 which is important for nervous system function and energy metabolism. Fava beans are also a vital source of folates, an essential element of DNA synthesis and cell division. All this, of course, is additional to the many benefits provided by goodies such as lean protein, many many vitamins, zinc and magnesium which is all packed inside each and every little bean!
So are fava beans the newest healthy eating fad? No! Archaeological remains of the Fava Bean date back to the Neolithic period (6800 to 6500 B.C.E) from Israel. And from 3000 B.C.E onwards, there are plenty of archaeological remains in the Mediterranean region and Central Europe, where the beans are said to have originated. Remains are even said to have been found in Egyptian tombs!
Tempted? Our Australian Get Farmed! Fava Beans are grown in the fertile soils of the Darling Downs, air roasted, gently tossed in the smallest amount of sunflower oil and lightly dusted with salt. They are also kind to the environment as they are dryland grown, meaning they don’t need irrigation to grow.
So support our Aussie farmers and test out our Fava Bean Supersnack for yourself!
Next time you’re trowing together a quick salad, consider adding some fava beans for extra crunch! I love this fresh simple salad with a handful of our Get Farmed! fava beans on top.
• 2 medium tomatoes, diced
• 1 small red onion, diced
• 1/2 small cucumber, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 lemon, juiced
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 2 x 22g packs Get Farmed Fava Bean Supersnacks
• 1 tsp cumin powder
Combine tomatoes, onion and cucumber in a salad bowl. Toss with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, sprinkle cumin and fava beans over salad. You can season with a little pepper if required, however the fava beans add a nice salty crunch so hold back on the salt.