You'll need to begin this recipe the day before.
Also known as fava beans, broad beans are reportedly one of the first legumes to have been cultivated. The dried bean has a leathery brown outer skin, which requires not only long soaking but usually removal either before or after cooking. The ancient Greeks and Romans used broad beans for casting votes in their elections. They are popular in Egypt, where the national dish of ful medames - dried baby broad beans simmered for several hours until tender and dressed with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil - is often consumed for breakfast.