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Lima beans

What are lima beans? About the ingredient lima beans. Including 132 recipes with lima beans, nutrition data, and photos.


Fresh Lima Beans


Baby Limas or Fordhook Limas are available all year round with a peak crop from June to September. Source in the US are New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Ohio and California.

Purchasing Guide

Choose clean, well filled, fresh dark-green pods. Usually shipped unshelled. Some markets shell and sell by weight as a service feature.

2 pounds in pods = about 2 ½ cups shelled


Shell when ready to cook. Store in the refrigerator unshelled, in a moisture proof container.

Refrigerator shelf, in pod, raw: 3 to 5 days

Refrigerator shelf, cooked and covered: 1 to 4 days

Refrigerator freezer, prepare for freezing: 1 month

Deep freezer, prepared for freezing: 10 months

Nutritive Food Values

Higher in protein than most vegetables, fair amounts of Vitamin C and A.

3 ½ ounces raw = 123 calories

1 cup, cook and drained = 190 calories

Basic Preparation

Cut thing strips from the inner edge of the pods with scissors or snap the pods open with your fingers. Remove beans.

Cook in a small amount of salted boiling water for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain, add seasonings and butter, and serve.



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (170g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 209Calories from Fat 4
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 40.2g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 2.8
Protein 11.6g
Vitamin A 13% Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 5% Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Food group

Lima beans are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do lima beans weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 170

In Chinese:利马豆
British (UK) term: Lima beans
en français:haricot de Lima
en español:la haba

Recipes using lima beans

There are 129 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Aunt Em's Hearty Soup
Favourite Three Bean Salad with Bacon
Spicy Winter Vegetable Chowder

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