Yellow split peas are known as "fava" in Greece (not be confused with fava beans), and Santorini produces some of the best in the world. Santorini Fava has “Protected Designation of Origin” (PDO) status and comes from the plant “Lathyrus Clymenum L.” which has been grown exclusively in Santorini for more than 3,500 years.
The cultivation and production of Santorini fava has not changed much in all that time. Seeds are still sown by plowing and then milled the old-fashioned way. Once harvested, the peas are dried and aged under the sun, which results in their light yellow color, velvety texture and slightly sweet taste.
Split peas are a pulse like lentils, and they are immensely nutritious. Split peas are an excellent source of plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber. Their low glycemic index makes them a diabetes-friendly food, and they are also a good source of many nutrients including iron, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, choline, folate, and other B vitamins.
For serving suggestions, see "Recipe Ideas" below.
Fava can be cooked in much the same way as lentils. Combine one cup fava with 1.5 cups water, bring to a boil, and simmer until the fava reaches the desired texture. It's typically cooked to a "mashed potato" consistency, but you can adjust the texture by varying the amount of cooking time and water. Fava makes a great side dish or even a main course when topped with Greek capers, onion, and a healthy drizzle of Greek olive oil.
Fava garnished with Capers and Onions
Deep-dish Santorini Pizza - Fava Crust, Santorini Tomatoes, Halloumi & Herbs
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This fava brought me back to many wonderful meals in Santorini. Creamy and delicious served with Santorini capers, it works either as a side dish or a full meal on it’s own. Highly recommend
Favs-overall experience good- great taste and texture.
Please see above, then continue here.We stayed in Fira a few years ago and was introduced to fava when dining in a lovely restaurant. We loved it and was glad we were able to purchase our own.
Easy to cook. Tasty and creamy. I am a convert! Thank you.
Fava (according to Diane's recipe) was fabulous!