Fave e pecorino for May Day

fave e pecorino

It is May Day, a public holiday in Italy (as in many countries) and our neighbourhood is deserted. I see lots of laundry flapping in the wind, but many will have gone to the beach, or for a picnic out of town. What many Romans will be enjoying is Fave e Pecorino: fresh fava beans, and pecorino cheese, a combination traditionally eaten today. So that is what we just had for lunch, sweet crunchy fava beans and salty pecorino. Very nice!

imageThere is no cooking involved: take one hunk of pecorino cheese, which is a salty, hard cheese made from sheep’s milk, and cut some wedges of it. Pile up the raw fava beans, in pods, and  everyone peels their own pods. There is a thick membrane around each bean, which you peel off before eating the beans. They taste a bit like raw peas, and go very well with the cheese. With cold white wine, this is delicious. (Also without wine, very tasty too!)

fave e pecorinoHappy May Day to all! I am bringing this to Fiesta Friday #66, as this is a great picnic dish, and very seasonal. Peeling the fava beans takes time, so there is plenty of time for a good chat. Many thanks to the hosts, Angie@thenovicegardener and   Anna @Anna International!

Fiesta Friday

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8 thoughts on “Fave e pecorino for May Day

      1. Arl's World

        Yes, I hope so too! I have seen so many wonderful pictures. Every time I do one of those little test that go around Facebook, the ones that say “What country should you live in or best suits you” etc, I always get Italy! I am destined … 😉

  1. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    Very interesting appetizer! Loved Italy – we spent a lot of time traveling around your beautiful country many years ago. I spent my 30th with my hubby in Venice – can’t get any better than that 🙂

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