Fava is not just a famous Santorini dish. It brings back memories of you and your cheerful company enjoying wonderful foods and drinking Assyrtico, at a seaside restaurant in Santorini. You loved it during your vacation but did you know how easy it is to cook it at home?
We are happy to share with you the authentic recipe (for 2-3 servings): In a saucepan add 4 cups of water, 1 cup of fava, salt, pepper and a whole peeled onion. After it starts boiling remove the foam and simmer for 30-45 minutes over medium heat until fava beans become a velvet mixture. Put fava in a bowl, add extra virgin olive oil, onions and capers! Serve as a delicious appetizer or dip. Bon Appetit!
Do you prefer fava cooked with tomato sauce? Slightly saute a sliced onion and a sliced tomato in olive oil. Then add the cooked fava beans, salt, pepper and stir until the mixture becomes thick. Enjoy!
The fava bean is one of the most identifying products of Santorini island and grows in a dry rich in minerals soil. “Santorini Fava” is a “Protected Designation of Origin” that comes from the plant “Lathyrus Clymenum L.” that grows exclusively in Santorini for more than 3500 years.
Santorini Fava has very high nutritional value as it is rich in proteins and carbohydrates. The traditional method of production which includes drying under the sun and aging, results its velvety texture and the slightly sweet taste.
Enjoy it with your favorite Santorini white wine.
Learn more about the famous Santorini food products here.
Photo: Fava dish in Aroma Avlis Restaurant, Santorini