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Fava Bean Hummus*
By Angel Cruz, Ecology Action Intern, 2011

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Fresh shelled fava beans

2 c well-cooked fresh fava beans (see this article on how to prep your favas)
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c water
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Blend all till smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Store in the refrigerator.

* NOTE: While delicious for those who can eat them, fava beans can be toxic to some people. To learn more about the slight risk of this condition, known as favism or G6PD deficiency, visit Additionally, fava beans (also called broad beans or pigeon beans) are high in tyramine, and shouldn't be eaten by people who take MAO inhibitors (e.g. antidepressants.)

Nutrition Facts per 1/2 cup serving
• Calories 11.4
• Total Fat 0.6 g
• Saturated Fat 0.1 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
• Cholesterol 0.0 mg
• Sodium 50.6 mg
• Potassium 22.6 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 1.1 g
• Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
• Sugars 0.0 g
• Protein 0.5 g

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