Nutritional benefits of favabean micro-greens
The fava is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including:
- fats (saturated and polyunsaturated);
- vitamin A, B1 (thiamin), C and D;
- L-dopa (a precursor of dopamine and adrenaline).
Fava provides an excellent all-round source of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals.
It is one of the best food sources of magnesium.
Health benefits of fava bean micro-greens
- Purifying properties help flush out toxins that build up in the body;
- promotes muscle growth;
- high in dietary fibre: aids digestion, can help prevent constipation;
- can lower blood cholesterol;
- good source of folic acid during pregnancy;
- folic acid also helps cell regeneration;
- suitable for low-calorie diets;
- diuretic properties help to regulate kidney functions; stimulates the elimination of toxins from the body;
- helps bone development, can help prevent arthritis and osteoporosis;
- helps skin health;
- reduces liver stress;
- useful in weight loss and the prevention of diabetes;
- brain food: L-dopa is a dopamine precursor and useful in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease;
- high in copper, which aids blood clotting;
- rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant used to fight free radicals, which can reduce the risk of cancer;
- not suitable for those with G6PD enzyme deficiency.
Taste and use of broad bean microgreens
Fava beans are juicy and have a vaguely acidic taste. They go well with cheeses and also with cured meats and grilled white meats.
In salads they can be used as the main ingredient, or to accompany tuna or small leaf plants. They can also be used in fresh sauces with avocado or cooked in a range of pasta and other cooked dishes.
For a great pasta dish, quickly sauté some fava beans with a little oil and onion, serving with spaghetti.