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How to tell if fava beans are peeled or not?

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How to tell if fava beans are peeled or not?

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michael j n | | Feb 28, 2010 11:17 AM

Hi - I'm attempting falafel for the first time. My recipe calls for both chickpeas and fava beans. I picked up a bag of fava beans from whole foods - but I'm not sure if they're peeled or not. The bag doesn't say. I have them soaking in water right now. They're greenish/brownish, with a dark almost black sort of slit at one end of each bean. If I cut a bean in half, it is clear that there is a thin greenish/brownish skin over two white halves. This would almost suggest that they're unpeeled (as this skin could probably be described as a peel) - but the guides I've seen online that show how to peel fava beans show a much thicker peel being removed.

Thus I'm about 75% sure that these are already peeled.

But I figured I should check with the pros :p

Thanks!

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