Helping to illuminate biblical context and background
One of most important legumes in the Biblical diet was the "broad bean," or what we refer to today as the fava bean. References to fava beans occur in both the Talmud and the Mishna, indicating they have been part of the Middle Eastern diet since at least since the 4th century. Textual references from Biblical times indicate they were likely one of the main protein sources for the ancient Israelites.
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Last updated by Dr. Ed Bez Sep 24, 2011.