One of my favorite parts about Spring is the appearance of fava beans. The flat bean has a creamy, buttery texture and a slightly nutty flavor, which works well on its own or in salads, soups, and pastas. And given that it's only in season from late March through May, you'll want to enjoy these fava bean recipes as much as you can in the next few weeks. Warning: fava beans do take a some effort to prepare, but it's totally worth it. I usually buy a few pounds at my farmers market and then go home to shuck, blanch, and shell.