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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 over 4 years ago
6 answers 13573 views
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added over 4 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

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 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

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 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 over 4 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

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 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.

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added over 4 years ago

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