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What's a good explanation for the Difference between Lima Beans and Butter beans?

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer almost 6 years ago

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Nozlee Samadzadeh
added almost 6 years ago

They're two names for the same kind of bean! They can be used interchangeably whether frozen, dried, or canned.

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pierino
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added almost 6 years ago

Both fall into the general category of broad beans, of which there are different strains. But certainly interchangeable.

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Sam1148
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added almost 6 years ago

They are the same bean. But I've found the 'butter beans' labeled as such are typically the larger beans with a some what more mealy texture. Same bean just labels. IMHO my preferred choice are the ones labeled as baby limas.

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boulangere
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added almost 6 years ago

The butter bean is a cruel, though theoretically more acceptable, attempt to lure you into eating (broad) lima beans which are an abomination.

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pierino
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added almost 6 years ago

Actually they are not all the same. There are at least a dozen cultivars for broad beans, including gigante beans and favas. I have also seen lovely mottled red and white ones (the name escapes me right now). There is also form of poisoning called favism which fortunately only a tiny percentage of the population is susceptable to.

jbban
added almost 6 years ago

I believe broad beans are fava beans, not lima beans. Broad/fava beans are delicious.

Angel Gillaspie
added 11 months ago

In the southern United States, butter beans are white white, and similar to white beans or navy beans, NOT lima beans. Lima, "lie-muh " are big, green, and from Lima, Peru.

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Angel Gillaspie
added 11 months ago

Ignore this reply and read the next one - except add the comment my wise youngun said, "No ... Duh." He pointed out that the navy bean texture is different than lie-muh beans. I cooked 'em back-to-back and discovered him to be right and my statements above and below ain't right. BABY (dried) lie-muh beans = butterbeans. (BTW, I don't use butter, I sub both sautéed onions in bacon grease and chicken bouillon.)

Angel Gillaspie
added 11 months ago

In the southern United States, butter beans are white beans, and similar to white beans or navy beans, NOT lima "lie-muh" beans. Lima, "lee-muh" are big, green, and from Lima, Peru.

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Angel Gillaspie
added 11 months ago

"No ... duh. Baby limas kinda look like navy beans, momma, but they taste different," said one of my wise younguns. I cooked 'em back-to-back and agreed with him. The texture ain't like navy beans. And I don't use butter either, I add sautéed onion (in bacon grease) and chicken bullion to my water instead.

Angel Gillaspie
added 11 months ago

Well, sh*t. I did a double double reply. I really am ignert today. Sigh.