As Matt dug in, he said, "Hmm, you said the shell is waxy?"
"Because, this is waxy, and then there's this bean-y thing inside."
Yep, we chomped on a few of those waxy shells. They weren't shelled, just removed from the pods. I've got a few lessons left, clearly. Nonetheless, I can recommend this salad recipe with fully prepared fava beans, which did eventually reveal a great texture and nice, mild taste.
2 cups fava beans, removed from pod but still in waxy shell.
2-3 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
1 T lemon juice
4 t olive oil
1/8 tsp. Red pepper flakes
2 T parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Blanch fava beans—boil about three minutes and rinse with cold water. Then, you can pop them out of those darn waxy shells.
Combine the shelled beans with the rest of ingredients.