The traditional roman spring treat is to have roman sheep cheese (pecorino romano - the hard, sharp kind) with raw fava beans.
I hate them, myself.
My mother in law made them like bean soup - she would take off the inner shell of each bean as well as the pods, because the outer bean is bitter. It was a LOT of work. Then chop garlic, onion, parsley, whatever you like, fry slowly in oil, till tender, add the beans and water and cook to make a fairly dense soup. Eat over toasted heavy duty bread, rubbed with garlic.
Be careful, though. Some people are so allergic to these that they can get terrible auto-immune reaction and become instantly very anemic and need immediate hospitalization. It's a rare genetic condition, typical of people of sardinian origin. If you're not sardinian you're probably safe from it. They can;t even be in the same space with the raw beans or drive by a field of them and all the markets and stores selling them here have to display signs that they have fave beans.
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