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fava bean water turned bright red?

jen maiser May 14, 2004 01:54 PM

Can someone with a more scientific brain than mine explain this one?

I shelled my fava beans the other day and then cooked them in boiling water for 1 minute. I removed the beans from the water using a slotted spoon, and ended up leaving and left the (normal looking) water sitting there for a few hours. When I returned the water was BRIGHT RED!

What's up with that?

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    cap RE: jen maiser May 17, 2004 08:02 AM

    I don't know, but one home experiment coming up to see if I can duplicate that. I cook favas often, but have never let the cooking water sit before.

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      markevans RE: jen maiser Jun 22, 2010 05:26 PM

      Just had the exact same thing happen! Only we just left the water for a few minutes. I realize it is now six years later. Any idea what this is aboug?

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