Before I signed up for biweekly organic produce deliveries, I had never seen or tasted a fava bean, nor had I wanted to.
See, I, perhaps like you, watched Silence of the Lambs when I was around 14 or 15 years old -- it was probably a year or two after the movie had come out and one of my friends had the movie on VHS (my own parents would never have allowed this to be shown in their home, but then again, I also wasn't permitted to watch Beverly Hills 90210. But I digress).
And during one scene everyone who is even the slightest bit plugged in knows -- Anthony Hopkins utters this infamous line:
I ate his liver with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti.
And then he makes a disgusting slurping noise.
It was then that I knew:
1) Fava beans were a disgusting bean that I had no desire to ever see or taste.
2) I definitely wanted to taste Chianti.
So it was with slight repulsion that I realized I'd received fava beans in my organic produce delivery. Actually, I didn't know what they were, but the informative bulletin in the box of produce told me that they were, indeed, fava beans.
Seeing as how I am on a mission to eat more green things, I decided to give fava beans the old college try. So I googled "how to shell a fava bean," whilst banging my head against my desk in self-loathing, and then I moved on to shelling fava beans.
You might be thinking -- Awesome! Looks like lima beans. Let's eat!
Now you have to cook the beans in some fashion in order to loosen their disgusting outer skins, because -- you guessed it! -- they have to be peeled again.
I am all about maximum nutritive value these days.
So I immediately popped one of these in my mouth as soon as I finally got that sunnuvabitch unwrapped from its second pod, and I'm happy to report that fava beans are not disgusting. They're rather nutty, actually. Pretty good, if you can get past their disgusting bean penis.
I tossed the beans into a shrimp scampi, and it was quite delightful, if I do say so. No, I do not have pictures of the shrimp scampi, but if you're curious, it had butter and lemon and shrimp and quinoa noodles in it.
In conclusion, fava beans are not the devil and I endorse the eating of them whenever you have four hours or so to kill shelling a bunch of disgusting beans.
Just kidding. It took maybe half an hour.