|Fava bean starters|
|Flowering fava bean plant|
|Fava bean pods|
They tend to sucker giving rise to more than one stem. Each stem will flower. Each flower gives rise to a seed pod with more than one seed in it.
The entire plant is edible. You can eat the leaves, the pods, and the beans. Fava beans are extremely nutritious with a protein score of 84 and contains a very high level of lysine and other essential minerals which will boost your immune system. They have a very high level of fiber which is beneficial to your digestive system. If you also eat their leaves and pods, you also get a lot of vitamins C and K. If you eat some nuts, such as chestnuts, to complement your fava beans, you will be able to receive a complete amino acid profile similar to that of white chicken meat or eggs. So, it is a very reliable protein source for vegetarians or even vegans.
Tender fava bean pods are very delicious, similar to snow pea, with a nutty but sweet flavor. You can saute fava beans with mushrooms or a little bit of meat to make them more tasty. You can also add some fava bean leaves to your salad.