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Where have all the favas gone?

By this time last year, fava beans were at every stall at every farmer's market. I even remember these $1/pound bags at the Civic Center market. Last week only one stall there had any, and they were going for $5.99/pound (although they did look really nice and full). Other than that, I saw some anemic ones imported from Mexico at the Whole Foods on Franklin. What gives?

Suspiciously, plenty of restaurants indeed have favas on their menus. Where are they getting them?

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  1. I think it's just a late spring because of all of the rain, maybe; I haven't seen favas or English peas at a market yet.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      I've had both already, although not cheap. Was at Pizzeria Delfina last week watching them shell a huge bowl of favas.

      I got mine from Mariquita, which is probably where PD got theirs.

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      Pizzeria Delfina
      2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      1. re: JasmineG

        Yeah, I am still seeing citrus, winter greens, squash and cauliflower...
        We seem a couple weeks behind.

        1. re: JasmineG

          They're in full season now, anywhere that sells them should have plenty at reasonable prices.

        2. I have had terrific favas the past two weeks bought at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. Iacopi said they wouldn't have them for another month, but I went up front to Catalan family farms and they have some nice sized ones - not the teeny tiny ones that you usually see this time of year, which, while delicious, are a lot of work. I am trying to remember how much they were - I think in the $2 - 3 / lb range.

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          1. re: farmersdaughter

            Large favas at Berkeley Bowl today -- from Mexico, $1.39 per pound.
            Did not look very good, though.

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            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

          2. Yes, they are definitely late this year. Mostly because of the weather.

            I grow them and usually they have podded out by now, but mine are still in the flowering stage.

             
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            1. re: Dana B

              Mariquita's email blast today offered favas, $12 for 10 lbs, preorder today for pick up tomorrow in Palo Alto or Santa Cruz.

            2. Favas yesterday at BB East, $0.89 per pound. Of local origin.
              And a few days ago our friend gave us some, grown in her yard in Berkeley.

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              1. re: Joel

                Wow - the ones I saw at the farmer's market yesterday were >4x that much.

              2. Mine in Napa are just barely pickable. I harvested some that I thought were large enough yesterday but the favas inside were still insipidly small. Need another few weeks, I think.

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                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  Cotogna a few weeks ago had baby fava pods in their fritto misto. I never knew they were edible but these were good. I didn't feel like I was eating lawn clippings like I do with sugar snap peas.

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                  Cotogna
                  490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yup, both Pizzeria Delfina and Nopa had fried baby favas on their menus in the last two weeks.

                    I got some beautiful fully grown (and very sweet) ones at the Civic Center market yesterday for $1/pound.

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                    Nopa
                    560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                    Pizzeria Delfina
                    2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                    1. re: the mess

                      Plum had some pretty rocking fried baby favas at lunch today.

                      1. re: the mess

                        I had the baby favas at Pizzeria Delfina last week. Pretty tasty, though the fry oil could have been a little fresher. I didn't know you could eat them whole.

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                        Pizzeria Delfina
                        2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115