I harvested a few pods of fava beans the other day. I really disappointed y how few pods have formed on my plants. They flowered like crazy! However, either the flowers didn't get pollinated or the pods aborted early on. That said, I've been savoring the few beans that I have been able to collect. I would love to be able to make something like this recipe from Jamie Oliver, but I don't think I'll ever get enough.
Once the beans reach a certain size, you have to peel the outer coat off of them before eating. I haven't figured out the best technique for doing this yet, but making a little slit on one end and squeezing seems to work okay (assuming the bean doesn't shoot off through the air several feet).
I really like the flavor! It's difficult to describe, but they taste "beany" and sweet, but as if they have some kind of seasoning on them already.