Forget the flowering trees and chirping of birds, the true indication that we're in the full swing of spring is the arrival of the fava bean on the produce scene. These beans -- also known as broad beans, field beans and sometimes pigeon beans -- are the crowning glory of spring veggies. They're green and tender, sweet and meaty, and once you've tasted a properly cooked fava bean, you just won't be able to get enough.

Fava beans pop up in the spring time, along with asparagus and English peas, and are one of the major reasons that we're so in love with this season. So take advantage of this spring bean, and start cooking with them. If you're feeling a little intimidated about peeling them, take a quick look at our tutorial.

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