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Youth and freshness, always of consequence when cooking with vegetables and herbs, become particularly significant here. Like that other delicacy that comes in a pod, early peas, fava is full of sugar and juice when young and freshly picked, but starchy as it matures. Look for slenderness in the pods, an indication that it encloses youthfully small beans, and a clear light green color unblemished by black spots. If you can, open a pod and taste the fava. It should be dewy, not floury. As for the marjoram, need I insist? Fresh.
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