By Athina Kavaleri
Farmer, small business owner and Mediterranean Food Hero from Lemnos Greece.

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Fava with Afkos or Lathouri

Fava is a delicous and speedy creamy yellow split pea puree, made with just a handful of ingredients. This local version is made with Lemnian split pea varieties – Afkos or Lathouri. It’s best enjoyed with plenty of bread for dipping and a glass of wine.

Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Makes: a large deep plate for sharing

  • 2 cups of fava beans (Afkos or Lathouri)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Clean and wash the fava beans. Bring water to a boil and add the beans.
  2. When the fava beans start foaming, lower the heat and remove the foam with a big soup spoon.
  3. Add 1 of the chopped onions and season with salt. Make sure the heat is low heat as the bubbling can burn.
  4. Stir the fava with a wooden spoon every so often so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  5. It’s ready when the fava resembles a thick cream. Serve drizzed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and the remaining onion.

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