The Silence Of The Farm Box: Fava Beans
May 1st is The Day of the Worker all over Italy. In Rome, it’s also The Day of the Fava Bean.
Okay, I made that last sentence up.
But May 1st is the official start date of Fava Bean season which goes until June, and Romans traditionally include Fava beans as part of their picnic lunch celebrations of Worker’s Day.
Fava beans require a lot of prepping before they can be cooked. First the beans have to be removed from the bean pods. Then each bean has to be shelled. However, Romans have a Fava bean work-around. They eat the beans raw with Pecorino Romano, a dry, salty, cheese made from sheep’s milk. It’s kind of like the Italian version of edamame.
Hannibal Lecter, world famous fictional foodie and Italophile, is a huge fan of Fava beans. He serves Fava beans with a Census Taker and a nice Chianti. That seems like a lot of work for one meal.
Today’s farm box includes 25 strawberries, 24 Fava bean pods, 3 beets with greens attached, 1 bunch of spinach, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of bok choy, 5 Gold Nugget tangerines, 2 Haas avocados, and 1 Shambar grapefruit.