FoodReference.com Logo

Food Trivia & Food Facts Section

An eclectic collection of information about various foods and beverages,
plants and animals from around the world

Home       Food Articles       Food Trivia & Facts       Today in Food History       Recipes       Cooking Tips       Food Videos       Food Quotes       Who's Who       Food Trivia Quizzes       Crosswords       Food Poems       Cookbooks       Food Posters       Recipe Contests       Culinary Schools       Gourmet Tours       Food Festivals

You are here > Home

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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 - 2014 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Also see: Food Articles  and Cooking Tips

 

Culinary Schools
& Cooking Classes

From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training - Over 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online & Worldwide

Chef with red wine glass