04/17/2012 06:06 am ET Updated Apr 16, 2015

Fava Bean Recipes That Will Make You Forget All About Hannibal Lecter


Ever since 1991, fava beans have had it kind of rough.

That was the year "The Silence Of The Lambs" came out, and the first time the world heard Hannibal Lector's now-iconic line: "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The life of this little bean has never been the same.

This spring, let's reclaim fava beans. Also known as broad beans, 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 during spring, along with asparagus and English peas, and are one of the major reasons we're so in love with the season. So take advantage of this spring bean, and start cooking. If you're feeling a little intimidated about peeling them, take a quick look at our tutorial. And if you're still hanging on to Hannibal Lector's quote, it's time to move on. That was more than two decades ago.

Now go try one of these 16 fava bean recipes, and start celebrating one of spring's unsung heroes.

Fava Bean Recipes

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