Beans Lima

Lima beans are grown for their seeds. Pods are tough and fibrous. Lima beans are of best quality when young. They become mealy and tough-skinned if they remain on the plant. Harvest when the pods are plump and firm and before they turn yellow. The end of the pod should be spongy. The pods of different cultivars will differ in external appearance as the beans are developing. Test-pick a few pods to be sure that the beans are at a desirable stage of maturity. Remove pods regularly to keep plants flowering and fruiting. Shelling lima beans immediately after harvest is easiest, before the pods wilt.

Toward the end of the gardening season, the last of your crop can be allowed to remain on the plant until dry for use as dry beans.

Use Storage Method 1 for fresh beans. Beans will store for 5 to 7 days.

Use Storage Method 3 for dried beans. To protect against seed insects, place dried beans in the freezer at 0°F, or below, for 3 to 4 days before storage. Dried beans keep well for 1 year.

Nutrition note: 1/2 cup cooked lima beans contains 108 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber and is a good source of iron (12% DV) and thiamin (10% DV) and an excellent source of folate (20% DV). Color = no category, as lima beans are considered a legume rather than a vegetable.

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