Ten fun facts about Broad beans

Fact 1
On November 2, Italy holds the day "All Souls Day", where broad beans are sown and cakes are made in the shape of broad beans or 'beans of the dead'.

Fact 2
Broad beans have the chemical L-dopa in them, which is used in the medical treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Fact 3
Some people have an allergic reaction to fava beans or broad beans called 'Favism'. People can develop hemolytic anemia by consuming or even walking where the beans are growing.

Fact 4
Fava beans are planted and used as a cover crop to protect the soil since they grow quickly and produce an abundance of foliage.

Fact 5
Although they hold the term 'bean' in their name, broad beans are actually part of the pea family.

Fact 6
The term fava bean is usually used in English speaking countries like the United States. Broad bean is more commonly used in the U.K. and Australia.

Fact 7
Broad beans are rich in soluble fiber, meaning they can help improve blood sugar and levels of cholesterol.

Fact 8
The bean became much more popular after the famous quote from Hannibal Lector in "Silence of the Lambs" claiming he 'ate her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti'.

Fact 9
Though it is said that the beans originated in the Middle East, evidence has shown that they have been in cultivation since at least 4500 B.C.

Fact 10
Roasted broad beans are a local delicacy in the Netherlands and is locally called 'molleboon'. Molleboon was used in the voting process until the 1800's.

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Short about Broad beans
Also known as the fava bean.

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