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Favas

   I love fava beans, and cannot find them!  I've been to Fresh Market (an upscale market), and Wholefoods.  Lo and behold, as I was wandering through my favorite Asian supermarket, there they were in the frozen foods.  Unfortunately I still haven't found fresh favas, but this isn't a bad substitute.  Just thought that I'd post this in case you're in the same boat.   

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It is still a little early in the Fava season as well; it could be that they just haven't made it to your neck of the woods yet. I would call Whole Foods and ask to talk to their produce manager. They're usually pretty knowledgeable and will be able to give you a good idea of weather or not Favas will become available in your area.
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Thanks Jacob, I actually did speak to the produce manager who told me that there is a lack of interest.  People don't know what they're missing.

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That's a shame. People really don't know what they're missing!
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@Nina,

Picked up some fava beans today at my local market in Kittery ME.  Cant say I've ever had them before but I made the papardelle dish tonight (photos tomorrow) and they were great.  Not as bland and mushy as lima beans which was my fear. A very fresh clean taste. Strange I can get them in ME but you cant down south.  Let me know if you'd like me to send you some.
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Elliot, thanks for the offer of sending beans, that's very kind of you.  I also find it hard to believe that they are not in the south and so I wonder if they are called something else, maybe "broad bean"? The next time that I hit my favorite farmer's market I'll get the scoop.  My neighbor is from NYC and we often talk about the fact that this area is not very foodie friendly.  Again thank you.

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@Nina,

Fava Beans are indeed also known as Broad Beans.  Also  field beanbell bean or tic bean.
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Thanks Limey!  That confirms my suspicions but I'll bet that there are a number of beans that go by those names, however I now have a newfound hope of hunting the fabulous fava.  

My husband and I were in Venice a couple of years ago, and went to a small restaurant on the northern edge of the island.  I ordered a dish that consisted of squid ink pasta, baby squid ( about 1.cm in total length) and baby favas, also about 1.cm.  Dressed with  a butter, lemon, wine sauce.  Incredible flavor and beautiful to boot!! 
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Of course fava beans were made famous by Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
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I haven’t had favas in a long time, but I do remember hearing of a rare, but serious allergy that some people have to favas (often people of, but not limited to, those of Mediterranean descent).

Also, people taking MAOI inhibitors (this information should be on the medicine bottle), should avoid them, according to Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicia_faba

Ming Tsai has a good resource page on Food Allergies:
http://ming.com/foodallergies.htm
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@ GreenBake,  I know of that allergy.   It's a lack of enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and it is rare.  The population of people who it most often affects are those who live along the Mediterranean and black Africans.  By black Africans I mean those people who are blue-black.  This is also the same population most susceptible to a fibroid uterus, hmmmm (little nerd joke there).  Anyway, the most common side affects are usually vomiting, blah blah blah.  However, I'd like to point out that favas are easily seen and therefore can be picked out of a food and then there is no problem. A peanut allergy more common and much worse in that oftentimes peanut butter is mixed into a dish and is not seen i.e. chili, or cake.

@ Elliot, I remember that line!  As far as I'm concerned, you can keep the liver, I'll go with the favas and Chianti fittttttt (that's supposed to be the sound he makes)  lol