Broad bean pods are thick and spongy, containing 2 to 7 large, flat, bright green beans. While the pods are inedible, the beans are tender, with a sweet, mild flavor and contain great amounts of fiber and protein.
Store the broad beans in the bottom of the fridge. Keep them in a bag or container. They will keep for a few days, and should be eaten within a few days of purchasing them to get the best flavor and texture.
Broad beans are often prepared with other spring vegetables, such as peas, asparagus and morel mushrooms. Their mild flavor and versatile texture can be added to salads and soups, or pureed into spreads and served as appetizers. Pair with fresh herbs, sheep’s milk cheeses, citrus, pasta, cream or wine-based sauces, young greens such as spinach and pea tendrils, lamb and seafood.