Kathryn took the above photo at an outdoor market in Europe, where fava beans are fresh and in season. They are in the US as well, but they do require some laborious shelling. Reader Virginia is looking for something easier to prepare a quick, beloved Spanish dish. She writes:
Recently we were in Spain, where I had the most delicious dish of "habas finas con jamon serrano y huevo frito," in other words, "baby fava (or broad) beans with cured ham and a fried egg." In Spain, they use frozen favas for such dishes. Do you know where I can find frozen fava beans in NYC? It will make preparing this delicious dish much easier!
We're stumped on this one...
We called Despaña, our go-to store for Spanish goodies, but no frozen favas there. They do sell dried ones, but that's not what we need here. And just so we didn't overlook the obvious and kick ourselves later, we scanned Whole Foods. No dice.
This website, intlgourmet.com, seems to sell bags of frozen fava beans, but the site is jumbled and the shipping price is prohibitive.
Does anyone have a tip for Virginia? Anywhere in the city selling frozen fava beans?
Related: On Cooking with Frozen Peas
(Image: Kathryn Hill)