Romans celebrate spring with fresh (raw) fava beans (sold on roadside stands on the roads leading out to the country) and pecorino cheese. It's that kind of "poor food" that people keep in their hearts.
My opinion, you hadda be there.
Not having grown up with them, i fail to see the appeal. I don't like them, personally, but many go wild about them.
My mother-in-law used to make soup with them, but she would shell each single bean after taking out of the pods. I'll say labor intensive! The soup would have a base with garlic and stuff sauteed in olive oil, then favas, boiled up. I don;t remember if some were pureed.
Served on heavy crusty bread toasted and rubbed with garlic and oil (well, tell me what DOESN'T taste better on bread rubbed with garlic and oil!)
Depending on your ethnic origins you should beware. Even being in the room with the beans can cause serious health problems, and even death if you don;t know about the condition. It's called favismo, and is not really an allergy so much as an auto-immune disease VERY prevalent in sardinia, but looking on internet i saw that it is also fairly common in other parts of the mediterranean (Po delta in italy, southern italy) parts of Africa and Southeast Asia as well. It's a form of anemia where the red blood cells self-destruct, and is very serious. Apparently having favismo protects you against some of the more virulent forms of malaria, so through natural selection, people in areas where this malaria was prevalent were at an advantage over others without it, and more of them survived over the centuries.
All stores here have to have signs if there are fava beans in the store because even being in the same space with the beans can be very dangerous. Open air markets have to have the signs too. I know people that have it. They can't drive by fava bean farms either. It's very serious, so you might want to find out first if you have roots in any part of the world where favism is present.
I don;t want to be alarmist - most italians eat them all the time, but if you have the condition, it's extremely dangerous.