The Good: Flavorful, Some decent nutritional aspects
The Bad: Prohibitively expensive, Packaging is inconvenient for people with large hands
The Basics: The Simply Peppered roasted fava beans from Kala Beautiful Beans are enjoyable, but are tough to recommend given how pricey they are.
As I continue to make my way through the food subscription box that has given me a lot of fodder for review and enjoyment, I find myself delighted by the fact that I did not have to buy most of the box's contents. In the case of the Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans, I am exceptionally pleased that I got a chance to try them, but I am would not have wanted to purchase them on their own; they are so expensive comparatively. The Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans remind me of the corn nuts I had in my youth.
Outside the expense, the Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are easy to recommend, though for someone who has big hands, like me, the opening at the top of the pouch bag is a bit small for reaching in to get al the goodness out!
Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are a ready-to-eat snack that attempts to zest up fava beans, which I am fairly sure I had never had before now. While I might not have had fava beans before now, at least not as a snack, the Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are intended as a snack that one eats like they would nuts. Packaged in a 5 oz. stiff plastic bag, the fava beans are kept fresh until opened. After unsealing the the top of the bag, consumers have access to the fava beans are inside.
The Simply Peppered roasted fava beans look just like flattened yellow beans or peas. Most of them are glazed and have pepper embedded in the glaze.
Ease Of Preparation
These are flavored beans, so preparing them is as easy as opening the bag they come in and consuming them. There is no trick or work beyond that needed to eat Simply Peppered roasted fava beans.
The Simply Peppered roasted fava beans smell peppery and delightful. The aroma is comparatively mild, but distinct.
On the flavor front, the Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are well-flavored, in a way that is more mild for most of them than I would have expected. The beans taste like dehydrated peas; dry and a little mealy. The dry, pea-like flavor is cut by the black pepper flavor that makes them pop. The black pepper flavor is not so oppressive that it consumes the whole flavor palate, nor can it cause the consumer to sneeze from the spiciness.
The Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans leave a fairly strong pepper flavor in the mouth. The aftertaste is very dry and endures for several minutes after the last of the beans is consumed.
Having reviewed many types of nuts and other salty snacks that are similar to the fava beans, I am not surprised that on the nutrition front, Kala Beautiful Beans are not universally impressive. A serving is considered 30 grams of beans which is about half a cup. With the standard recommended serving size, the beans have 6 grams of fat! That's 9% of the RDA of fat, with 4% of the RDA coming from the half gram of saturated fat! The Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans have 140 calories per serving, with 50 calories of that being from fat. There is 2% of the RDA of calcium and seven grams of protein, which is almost enough to make one look the other way on the fat content! There is also a smattering (6% RDA) of Iron in the Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans.
The ingredients list for these Simply Peppered roasted fava beans is fairly short, which is nice because most of the ingredients are natural. Kala Beautiful Beans are made primarily of Fava Beans, sunflower oil, and salt. There is nothing unpronounceable in these nuts and the ingredients are generally healthy. Obviously, these nuts are manufactured on equipment that processes nuts.
Just as with the preparation, Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans nuts are low stress when it comes to storage and cleanup. Storage is simple when the nuts are kept in their bag at room temperature or cooler. Kept sealed in their bag, these nuts would not expire until April 5, 2017.
Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are easy to clean up after as well. Simply wash your hands after eating, though they do not leave one with any salty residue on one's hands.
Kala Beautiful Beans Simply Peppered roasted fava beans are flavorful and enjoyable, but not so flavorful as to make one want to shell out $8.50 a bag!
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