Lima Beans

Did You Know?

Lima beans are sometimes called "butter beans" because of their texture.

Nutrition Facts

Lima beans are an excellent source of molybdenum, tryptophan, dietary fiber, manganese, folate, protein, potassium, iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin B1.

Shopping and Storage

Dried lima beans are very easy to find, and are available in bulk bins or prepackaged. Make sure the beans are whole and not cracked or damaged. Store dried lima beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry area, and they will keep up to six months.

Fresh lima beans are more difficult to find. If you find them, get ones that are firm, dark green, and undamaged. Fresh lima beans should be stored in the crisper in the refrigerator and will keep for two to four days.


Lima beans are great cooked with seasoning, like edamame, and can also be puréed into spreads or dips. They are also delicious added to soups or as a side dish.