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broad beans, but other things, too

Broad beans, shelled and lightly cooked.  These are often eaten with beer.

Fresh broad beans or fèves are one of the joys of early summer in France, but you can also find them dried or frozen in the shops. They are very similar to féveroles or féverolles, which are generally grown as animal feed. Little young ones are fevettes.

La Fève, une petite figurine.

A fève is also the little trinket the lucky person finds in their slice of galette des rois. They are collectors’ items as well, which you can often (along with albums of cartes téléphoniques from pre-mobile phone days) at vide greniers (communal ‘attic emptiers’).


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Alf van Beem, Richard W.M. Jones~commonswiki assumed