Friday has arrived!

Chef Steve was really promoting Fava beans yesterday, so I thought I would find out a little more about them

What’s in a little Fava bean anyway?

Well for one, there are seeds, and some of them are black and then others are white.  The ancient Greeks and Romans had a rather uneasy relationship with Fava beans.  They found the little seeds inside quite useful in making decisions, but they were also afraid of what was inside of the beans as well.  On the one hand, they were useful to them because both of these seed types were used to vote – black seeds meant “nay”and the white seeds meant “yay” – and on the other, the beans made them skittish because they thought that the souls of the deceased resided inside..” There seems to be a bit of a contradiction here –the  rational versus irrational -because if they thought the souls of the deceased resided in the beans, it would have taken a very brave person – or some sort of shaman – to open up the beans to get to the seeds.   Hmmmm…well, anyway, now days we use a different method of voting.

Why should you include them in your diet?

  • If you happen to live in area of the world such as countries in sub-Saharan Africa, there are some enzymes in fava beans that seem to fight off malarial parasites.
  • Those with Parkinson’s disease will benefit from the natural source of levopdopa, which is a medication used to treat this disease.
  • The beans are a good antioxidant because they contain a water soluble protein that removes free radicals from the bloodstream.
  • Fava bean has high concentrations of an amino acid known as L-dopa (dopamine), which works as a neurotransmitter in the brain.
  • The bean is low in calories and fat and has no cholesterol, making it ideal for health conscious individuals.
  • It is rich in fiber, which is required by the body to move food through the digestive system.
  • Fava beans are a very good source of phosphorus in the body, which is required for the formation of healthy bones and teeth. In addition, it also helps the body utilize vitamins.
  • The good amount of potassium in fava beans helps the body maintain blood pressure and regulate heart function.
  • The bean is rich in vitamin A that is required by the body to maintain healthy skin and promote proper vision, growth and bone development.
  • It serves as a rich source of thiamin, which is essential to maintain normal nerve function.

Todays soups are:

Fresh Vegetable, Bamboo Rice, and Edamame Beans (gluten free and vegan)

And a fan favourite – Seafood Chowder

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