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With their buttery flavor, lima beans are great in soups or stews, or on their own as a side dish. The most popular varieties are the small baby lima bean = sieva bean and the larger Fordhooks. You can get limas fresh in their pods in the summer, but many people prefer to use dried lima beans. Shelled frozen limas are a good substitute for fresh, but canned limas aren't nearly as good. The biggest downside is that lima beans are harder to digest than other beans.

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Also known as

  • Butter bean
  • Madagascar bean
  • Wax bean
  • Baby lima bean
  • Sieva bean
  • Fordhooks


fresh lima beans OR fava beans (more flavorful) OR soybeans
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