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can anyone identify this nut?

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my roommate started soaking these, and now our whole house smells pretty horrible. can anyone identify what this is?

asked by philip over 2 years ago

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added over 2 years ago

It's a dried fava bean. Can't say I've ever noticed a bad smell while they were soaking. How long have they been in the water?

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks for the response! They had been soaking for about 2 days until this morning. Now they are in a bowl covered in a brownish paste.

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added over 2 years ago

if they are indeed fava beans and you have more of the dried ones, don’t soak them for nut milk but for soups and stews instead – and not longer than overnight, in the fridge.

or turn them into this very Roman dish of fava bean puree topped wit wilted bitter greens, or any other braised/roasted vegetable you like (artichokes, fennel, asparagus come to mind):

http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome...

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added over 2 years ago

forgot to add: after soaking and/or balching you might want to perl of those white-ish green skins, they can be tough and bitter

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added over 2 years ago

Mixing fava beans with chickpeas makes an excellent falafel
But, if the beans are "off", toss them.

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added over 2 years ago

Being the wiseguy that I am, my first inclination was to say... "I can't identify the nut until you post your picture." Just kidding!

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