I have been lusting after a plate of fresh Fava Beans (a.k.a. Broad Beans) for three or four weeks.
What are Fava/Broad beans? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicia_faba
I used to buy them frozen at the “Market Basket” in Somerville, MA. But these good beans get a bit tough when frozen.
Fava Beans are readily available here in Florida, but only in the canned/tinned version, marketed by “Progresso”. They are “O.K.” (Only in the same way that any canned/tinned veggies are adequate but not great).
Dammit: I want fresh broad beans. I want these beans right from their preposterously huge pods.
I've tried every farmer’s market within range. But none of them grew Broad/Fava beans. Some of these markets had never even heard of them.
BUT ... I was at my local “Publix” supermarket this morning. “Publix” has a near monopoly throughout Florida, so I try to avoid shopping with them, and do my best to patronise their puny rivals (Sweet Bay and Winn Dixie).
Nonetheless I shop at Publix from time to time, especially for their store brand canned cat food which Ada and Adelaide scoff down with wild abandon!
Thus it was that I was in a Publix Store this morning. I bought the cat food, and then went searching for some cucumbers.
In that search my eyes alighted upon fresh Fava/Broad beans at the iniquitous price of $2.69 per pound.
I bought 2lbs. This was partly to satisfy my longing, and partly to encourage Publix to continue to stock them, and other “less than mainstream” veggies and legumes.