Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fava Bean Shoots with Olive Oil, French Sel Gris and Hemp Seeds





This post is dedicated to the awesome fava bean shoots @windattack left behind from an epic PDX pms weather farmers market trip during his Portland visit. Fava bean shoots and their blossoms are delicate - slightly sweet but still maintaining a bean flavor. Since they are a farmers market delicacy, I wanted to cook them as minimally as possible, so I did a quick sauté in extra virgin olive oil. The sel gris has a mineral attribute which makes for a subtle contrast with the sweet shoots. The olive oil and hemp seeds play up the sweetness. They were delicious. Props to the Wind Attack


Fava Bean Shoots with Olive Oil, French Sel Gris and Hemp Seeds


1 bunch of fava bean shoots, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
3-4 Tbsp. fruity extra virgin olive oil
Hemp seeds
French sel gris


In a skillet, head 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium. When the oil is hot, add the fava bean shoots and a pinch of salt and stir fry them until they are just wilted (much less than a minute - about 30 seconds). Plate the shoots, sprinkle with hemp seeds and drizzle more olive oil on top. 

14 comments:

Esi said...

All of the spring produce makes me so happy

Elra's cooking and baking said...

No kidding! I even have my own plants. Not sure if they are young enough to be pick now, it's getting pretty old, so it's not that tender anymore. I should probably plant another fava beans just for the leaves. Thanks Anna!

Mary said...

This look delicious. Your choice of ingredients speaks to spring. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Ivy said...

I've never tried fava bean shoots before but surely this salad sounds delicious.

Helen said...

Every time I hear the word fava I think about...well, you know that line from"Silence of the Lambs" LOL I've never seen fava bean shoots at the market before. I'd curious to try them out now. This dish sounds incredibly good and of course, healthy. I'm heading off to the Patrida today. Back in 2 wks :)

Anna A. said...

Esi - I hear ya sista! I saw cherry blossoms (for sale) a few weeks ago and got weak in the knees.

Elra - Yeah, you totally should - they are just like pea shoots.

Mary - Thanks :-)

Ivy - Just like pea shoots - I wonder what they do with them in Greece, maybe just let them keep growing.

Helen - Xronia Polla (apo exthes) Hope you have a great trip to the patrida. It should be beautiful now and maybe you'll get to see some of those beautiful red poppies. I expect a full report when you get back. Don't be a stranger now !

Lenia said...

What a great salad!Simple,yummy and healthy!A big kiss from the patrida,dear Anna:)))

mary said...

are they like pea shoots?

Anna A. said...

Lenia - Thanks :-) I like you call it a salad too.

Mary - yes, just like sweet pea shoots.

Kung Food Panda said...

This looks like an Asian veggie stir fry, with hemp seeds on top :)

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I'm loving the hemp seed addition Anna! Very nice!

Eftychia said...

Easy to make, healthy, and yet delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Helen said...

Hi Anna, I'm back from the Patrida. Thanks for the name day wishes! The weather in Athens could have been better. It rained a few times. The food - of course - was amazing! I picked up some of the saffron tea you mentioned and plenty of chocolate. Too bad I did not see any poppies. But I did see lots of protests downtown. I also went to the amazing new museum near the Acropolis.
A new retail chain in Athens called "Max Perry" has people raving about their handmade chocolates. http://www.maxperrychocolates.gr/
I only tried their baklava with white chocolate and dark chocolate ganache. Very sweet stuff. I think I like my baklava straight up :) One cooking show on TV that I followed "Chef ston Aera" called hemp seeds "cannabis sporo" haha!

Anna A. said...

Helen - kalosirthi sto North America! I am glad you got some saffron tea and interesting about the Max Perry chocolates. My relative are all about caravan - and I have tried the version with prune. LOLZ Cannabis sporos...