Lima beans are legumes with a buttery texture and flavor; one type of lima bean is in fact called the butter bean. They are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Children who think lima beans are poison are only partially wrong: lima beans contain linamarin, a form of cyanide; cooking relseases the cyanide as a gas and makes them safe to eat, though lima beans should never be consumed raw. The lima bean is native to Central and South America and is named after Lima, Peru, though the pronunciation is different.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Conserving and Storing
Fresh lima beans needs to be used right away. Lima beans can be canned, dried or place in the freezer for longer storage options.