Snipped from the top of the plant, fava leaves are sweet with a slightly buttery, earthy flavor. They really do taste remarkably like the beans and can be eaten raw or cooked. In a salad or pesto, they provide a nice burst of spring grassiness. Wilted or sautéed like spinach, they can be used in pasta dishes, piled on top of toast, or cooked into a quiche.
Look for fava greens at farmers' markets or harvest them from your own garden, if you grow the plants. Store the leaves in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator, and eat within a couple of days.
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