I tend to go through phases with food. In my early Colombian days, I was a fan of plantain chips. Then there was the time when empanadas were my go to breakfast. My weight blew up during the Bandeja Paisa days.
Recently I gained a new addiction to toasted fava beans. They’re called habas and in Colombia you can buy them as a packaged snack, just like those crispy corn kernels you see everywhere. Originating from the department of Boyacá, habas are colloquially known as el chiclet boyacense (Boyaca gum). If you like crunchy snacks and don’t mind getting addicted to them, well then habas may just be your new BFF.
For some strange reason no snack company has yet to take habas to a mass commercial level (your business opportunity bell should be ringing) which confuses me because they are absolutely delicious. I will go as far as to say they rank high on the list of underrated Colombian snacks. With the exception of one brand which is almost impossible to find, they’re usually available at local snack stores and are sold in nameless clear white packaging. These are shops that stock various packaged goods usually specialising in nuts and cereals. Tiendas also usually stock habas but I’ve been getting my refill from Paloquemao.
So next time you are feeling a little peckish and can’t decide what to eat, grab a pack of these bad boys and munch away. I always have a backup pack sitting around somewhere.
Over and out.