Lima bean, or Phaseolus lunatus, is a legume. It is commonly known as the lima bean or butter bean.
Phaseolus lunatus is of Andean and Mesoamerican origin. During the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, lima beans were exported to the rest of the Americas and Europe, and since the boxes of such goods had their place of origin labeled "Lima - Peru", the beans got named as such.
The term "butter bean" is widely utilized for a large, flat and yellow/white variety of lima bean. In the Southern United States the Sieva type are traditionally called butter beans, also otherwise known as the Dixie or Henderson type. In that area, lima beans and butter beans are seen as two distinct types of beans.
In the United Kingdom, "butter beans" refer to either dried beans which can be purchased to re-hydrate, or the canned variety which are ready to use.
Very important: Don't soak the beans overnight if you are planning to prepare beans salad. If you soak them, the beans will disintegrate during cooking.
Serving size: 0.25 cup
Amount Per Serving / Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g (0%)
Saturated Fat 0g (0%)
Cholesterol 0mg (0%)
Sodium 5mg (0%)
Total Carbohydrate 32g (11%)
Dietary Fiber 10g (42%)
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
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