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Ful or Foul - Fava Beans, Broad Beans


Ful or Foul - Fava Beans, Broad Beans

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Moroccan and Standard Arabic: فول

Ful (pronounced "fool" and sometimes spelled foul) is the Arabic word for fava beans, or Vicia faba. Fava beans may be called by a variety of other names in the English speaking world, including broad beans, horse beans, Windsor beans and English beans.

Fava beans are a member of the pea family. They are high in protein and fiber, low in calories and fat, and contain important nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A and iron. Native to North Africa, they play an important role in Moroccan cuisine, showing up in salads, tagines, soups, dips and couscous.

Also see Moroccan Fava Bean Recipes.

Alternate Spellings: foul
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