Fava beans get a bad rap, but that's what happens when a food's most notable preparation involves cannibalism and Italian wine. Favas have many names, including: broad bean, faba bean, field bean, bell bean, English bean, horse bean, Windsor bean, pigeon bean, tic(k) bean, and Saveur refers to them as the mag's favorite "dark horse legume." Whatever you say, Saveur!
Favas, like most legumes, are a good source of plant-based protein, but if you have favism, watch out -- eating undercooked favas, or even breathing fava bean pollen, could give you anemia. Assuming you're favism-free, try roasting them and subbing them into your favorite bean dip.