FoodReference.com
FOOD TRIVIA & FOOD FACTS SECTION

 

An eclectic collection of facts, trivia and statistics about various foods, beverages, plants and animals

You are here > Home

Also see: Food Articles and Cooking Tips

 

CULINARY SCHOOLS
& COOKING CLASSES

From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees -  Associates, Bachelors & Masters - More than 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online and Worldwide

Also see Article: Fava Beans, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

FAVA BEAN TRIVIA

The fava bean (Vica faba) also known as faba bean, horse bean and broad bean, was the only bean known in Europe until the discovery of the New World.

The name 'broad bean' refers to the seeds, which are large and flat.

Remains of beans are reported to have been found in Egyptian tombs.

The 6th century B.C. philosopher Pythagoras condemned the fava bean and would not let his followers eat it. It was thought that they contained the souls of the dead.

The cultivation of fava beans is so old that there is no known wild form of this bean.  It has been used in Chinese cooking for at least 5,000 years.

There is a hereditary condition, Favism, which causes an allergic-like reaction to fava or broad beans. Those with this disorder can develop hemolytic anemia by eating the beans, or supposedly even by walking through a field where the plants are flowering.

 

 

FOOD TRIVIA and FOOD FACTS

  FALCON to FINNAN   |   Falcon Beans   |   Fannie Farmer   |   Farina   |   Farms & Farmers   |   Farmers Cheese   |   Fast Food   |   Fatback   |   Fatty Acids   |   Fats (Dietary)   |   Fava Beans   |   Favorite Foods   |   Feasts & Banquets   |   Fennel   |   Fenugreek   |   Feta Cheese Facts   |   Fettucine Alfredo   |   Fiber, Dietary Fiber   |   Fiddlehead Fern   |   Field Greens   |   Field Lettuce   |   5th Avenue Candy Bar   |   Fig Leaved Gourd   |   Fig Newtons   |   Figs   |   Filberts   |   File   |   Filet Mignon   |   Fingers   |   Finnan Haddie  
  Home   |   About Us & Contact Us   |   Bibliography   |   Food History Articles   |   Food Timeline   |   Free Magazines   |   Other Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of FoodReference.com from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: james@foodreference.com
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2015 James T. Ehler and www.FoodReference.com unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.
You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission.


 

FoodReference.com Logo

 

 

FREE Magazines
and other Publications

An extensive selection of free magazines and other publications