Lima beans please

I was at my local farmer’s market and they had fresh lima beans. I loved them as a kid and picked some up. I’m glad I did, wow they’re so much better than frozen!

Lima beans are a great source of fiber, protein, vitamin C, iron, manganese, copper and thiamin, they’re also easy to prepare. I made about a cup and added it to pasta, with sauteed kale, onions and parmesan cheese, it was super-tasty and really healthy.

Do NOT eat raw lima beans, they produce cyanide. Don’t freak out, once they’re cooked you’re safe.

How to prepare lima beans:

  • Remove them from the pod
  • Boil some water and throw them in the pot
  • Let cook for about 20 minutes and try one, if they’re a little too firm or gritty, let them cook a little longer. Some people boil them for up to 40 minutes, I prefer mine a bit firmer.
  • Once they’re done to your liking, rinse them well with cold water to stop them from cooking.
  • You’ll notice a thick skin covering the bean, remove it and toss.


That’s all you’ve got to do to get some really nice autumn flavors and add some serious nutrients to your meal. If you’ve never been a fan of limas, try them fresh, it’s a world of difference.

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