This is one of our favorite sandwich spreads on bread or as snack on crackers. Fava beans are very health and have a great flavor . The do taste best of you take the time and trouble to remove the skins.

Yield: about 2 cups


  • 2 pounds fresh fava beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 lemon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Shell the fresh fava beans, blanch them and then remove the skins.If you don’t have access to fresh fav beans, then 10-12 ounces frozen would do. Then it would be a matter of blanching and removing the skins.
  2. You should have about 2 cups of skinned bright green fava beans.
  3. Place the skinned fava beans in a bowl or food processor.
  4. Add the lemon juice, sesame oil, minced garlic and mustard.
  5. Puree the fava beans to a smooth paste.
  6. Add the salt, lemon thyme and pepper.
  7. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, thyme or maybe a dash of hot chili pepper sauce.