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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 about 5 years ago
11 answers 18130 views
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added about 5 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 about 5 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 about 5 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 about 5 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 about 5 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 about 5 years ago

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

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added 6 days 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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added 6 days 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.)

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added 6 days 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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added 6 days 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.

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added 6 days ago

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

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