Lima Beans

Lima Beans



Sometimes called "butter beans" because of their starchy yet buttery texture, lima beans have a delicate flavour that complements a wide variety of dishes. The pod of the lima bean is flat, rectangular and slightly curved, averaging about three inches in length.

Served Best

An excellent ingredient in soups and dips. They are great on their own or baked with herbs and spices for the health kick your body deserves!

How To Cook

To shorten their cooking time and make them easier to digest, lima beans should be pre-soaked. After soaking, place the beans in a strainer, rinsing them thoroughly under cool running water. To cook lima beans, place them in a pot and add three cups of fresh water or broth for each cup of dried beans. The liquid should be about one to two inches above the top of the beans. Bring the beans to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partially covering the pot. Lima beans generally take about 45 minutes to become tender when cooking this way. Skim any foam off during the first half-hour or so of the simmering process.


Lima beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fibre, as are most other legumes. In addition to lowering cholesterol, lima beans' high fibre content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, lima beans provide virtually fat-free high-quality protein.


Lima Beans.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 50 g
Average Per 100g:

Energy: 483 kJ
Protein: 8 g
Carbohydrate: 21 g
Sugars: 2.9 g
Fat Total: 0.4 g
Fat Saturated: 0.1 g
Sodium: 2 mg



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