Ethiopia horse bean (Viba faba var. equine) is one of the most important bean species in the Horn of Africa. It goes by the local name ‘baqella’ in Amharic. It is Ethiopia’s biggest legume crop.
Fava bean grows into grayish-green pods that cover up to eight seeds that are usually green and pea-like and when ripe brown color. The pods when dry turn a brownish-black hue.
|Where It Grows||It mainly grows in central and northern Ethiopia.|
It is cultivated in the highlands often in rotation with wheat, barley or teff. It features in various different meals. They are mainly used to make soups, stews, pastes, and falafel. Fresh beans are sautéed, boiled, steamed, roasted, or fried. They can also be added raw to salads or pesto, or lightly cooked and tossed with other springtime vegetables.