Broad Beans Broad Beans are oval-shaped creamy green beans with a distinctive flavour. You can buy them in a pod or removed from it. They are usually cooked and served hot or cold. They contain folic acid, flavonoids and Vitamin C, which are all thought to play an important part in the fight against cancer. They are also a good source of Niacin (Vitamin B3) which is thought to promote a healthy nervous system. Nutritional Info: 80g (3 heaped tablespoons) of broad beans, boiled typically contains: • 65 kcals • 6.3g protein • 0.5g fat • 9g carbohydrate • 5g fibre Preparation and Cooking Small broad bean pods can be cooked whole, simply wash, and top and tail them. Otherwise remove larger beans from pods by snapping off one end of the pod and splitting it open to reveal the broad beans. Boil or steam for 5-12 minutes depending on the age and size of the bean. Cook until tender. Buying and Storing Look for young, small, tender plump pods or small beans which have the best flavour. Keep in the fridge.