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Where to find fava beans?

2jumpy May 6, 2009 11:40 AM

I live in the Phila area (specifically Drexel Hill) and want to know where and in what form I am most likely to find fava beans? I'd love to find them fresh in the pod, but have tried two grocery stores and haven't seen them fresh, canned or frozen - ideas?

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    Bride of the Juggler RE: 2jumpy May 6, 2009 12:47 PM

    Sue's Produce on 18th often has them fresh, up by the register. i would expect to see them at the produce place in the corner of Reading Terminal too. Thank you.

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      2jumpy RE: Bride of the Juggler May 6, 2009 01:10 PM

      Reading Terminal, of course! Thanks for posting.

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        Atombird RE: 2jumpy May 6, 2009 01:28 PM

        If you are in Drexel Hill, then you are not that far away from Gentile's Market in Newtown Square on Rte 252 and 3. I just bought fava's there yesterday. $1.29 a pound.

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          2jumpy RE: Atombird May 6, 2009 06:59 PM

          Thank you - my in laws tell me about Gentile's all the time, i can't believe I haven't been out there yet.

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      Chefpaulo RE: 2jumpy May 6, 2009 12:55 PM

      I know Progresso sells them in cans as I was on a foule kick for many months after returning from Egypt. I'd expect any Middle Eastern grocery would carry them. Fresh ones? I dunno.


      1. Delucacheesemonger RE: 2jumpy May 6, 2009 02:07 PM

        Gentile's is an excellent suggestion. Iacone's in Reading Terminal has them as well. If you need a case or more, Giordano's at 9th/Washington usually has them very inexpensively. Case is @28 pounds, yields amazing little number of beans, after depodding and peeling.

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          Mawrter RE: Delucacheesemonger May 6, 2009 06:55 PM

          Gentile's is probably the closest bet for fresh favas.

          I just got dried favas at... I think the Greek counter at Wayne farmer's market.

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            2jumpy RE: Delucacheesemonger May 8, 2009 01:01 PM

            Do you know if they are freeze well, either in the pod or shelled? Raw or cooked?

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            berbadeerface RE: 2jumpy May 6, 2009 03:09 PM

            I saw them this week in the Reading Terminal, not in Iovine's (although they may well have them too), but the place closer to the middle next to Salumeria. They looked very nice and fresh.

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              Bigley9 RE: berbadeerface May 6, 2009 06:04 PM

              That's Sue's

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                berbadeerface RE: Bigley9 May 7, 2009 01:55 PM

                According to the sign when I walked by today, it's OK Lee, not Sue's. Isn't Sue's over by Rittenhouse?

            2. Mawrter RE: 2jumpy May 7, 2009 09:12 PM

              I was just at Kimberton Whole Foods today & they have organic dried fava beans. Which leads me to wonder if Martindale's does, since they carry so much of the same merchandise & since it's so much closer to 2Jumpy. Worth checking.


              Kimberton Whole Foods
              2140 Kimberton Rd, Kimberton, PA

              Martindale's Natural Market
              320 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA

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                2jumpy RE: Mawrter May 8, 2009 01:02 PM

                Thanks so much for the info, I am on a mission!

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