Brickman's advice is to toss the whole fava beans, still in their pod, in olive oil and roast them in the oven until tender. This transforms the waxy outer coating around the beans from annoying to edible. Even the pod itself becomes something to eat when the pods are young and small!
If you don't want to heat up the kitchen, also try throwing those fava beans on the grill!
• Read the Article! Fava Beans: Roasting Pods Simplifies Preparation by Sophie Brickman in the San Francisco Chronicle
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