Broad beans are large green flat pods that contain large seeds. They are also known as fava and shell beans. Generally the pod is discarded and the seeds are used. Broad beans can be eaten raw (though some people are allergic to raw broad beans) or steamed, boiled or braised. Broad beans, especially when more mature are best double podded. To do this place in boiling water for a couple of minutes, drain and run under cold water and then slip the pod out of its outer skin. Podded broad beans can be frozen for later use. At the end of the season use the seeds in purees and dips as they can be mealy. Available Jun-October/November.