Definition of Fava bean
1. Noun. Seed of the broad-bean plant.
Group relationships: Broad Bean, Broad-bean, Broad-bean Plant, English Bean, European Bean, Field Bean, Vicia Faba
Generic synonyms: Bean
2. Noun. Shell beans cooked as lima beans.
Definition of Fava bean
1. Noun. An edible bean (Vicia faba) native to Africa and Southwest Asia with a long tradition of cultivation. Also known as Vicia faba, the broad bean, faba bean, horse bean, field bean or tic bean. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Medical Definition of Fava bean
1. The broad bean to which many people react adversely with an acute haemolytic anaemia with sudden breakup of red blood cells (see Favism). Fava beans look like large tan lima beans. They are popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, are eaten raw when very young, cooked in soups and many other dishes, and made into fava brittle (like peanut brittle) as candy. The botanical name for fava is Vicia fava. Fava is Italian for bean and refers specifically to the broad bean. Fava beans are the main commercial source of the drug L-DOPA. (12 Dec 1998)
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Literary usage of Fava bean
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1. Eat Your Food! Gastronomical Glory from Garden to Gut: A Coastalfields ...by Aaron Brachfeld, Aaron Brachfeld and Mary Choate, Mary Choate by Aaron Brachfeld, Aaron Brachfeld and Mary Choate, Mary Choate (2007)
"... allergy to the fava bean, and, while rare, every person who has never tried a fava bean before should try them in very small quantities to be safe. ..."
2. Sketches from Venetian History by Edward Smedley (1846)
"He was, therefore, nicknamed Pappa- fava (Bean-glutton) by the rest, and his descendants have retained the name. ..."
3. A Manual Flora of Madeira and the Adjacent Island of Porto Santo and the by Richard Thomas Lowe (1868)
"Fava. Bean. The only sp.—DC. ii. 354. Vicia Faba Linn., Koch 214. Orobus Faba Brot. ii. 147.—Herb. ann. Mad., PS. reg. 1, 2, cc. In vineyards, fields and ..."
4. Population and Food in the Early Twenty-First Century: Meeting Future Food by Nurul Islam (1995)
"... lentil, pea, fava bean, other minor species. aquatic creatures, and the health of human beings or animals who drink the water or consume products with ..."
5. Salve Venetia: Gleanings from Venetian History by Francis Marion Crawford (1905)
"He was, therefore, nicknamed Pappa-fava (Bean- glutton) by the rest, and his descendants have retained the name.' The threefold murder of the Carrara, ..."