Lima Beans

Updated on 21. Apr. 2020
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​The inconspicuous skin of lima beans is deceptive; inside are delicate and delicious light green beans that are also very nutritious. 

lima beans


How Healthy Are Lima Beans?

Lima beans’ high protein content makes them very popular, and also contains important minerals such as calcium and iron. In addition, they contain B vitamins, provitamin A and a 100 gram serving contains almost our entire daily requirement of vitamin C. They’re also very low in fat and calories.

Lima Bean Nutritional Info (100 g)  
Calories 70
Protein 11 g
Fat 0.5 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Fiber 12 g

Shopping and Cooking tips


If you’re buying lima beans fresh, don't forget: since the beans themselves only make up about 40 percent of the total weight, you’ll need about 2 pounds for 2 portions. Look out for bean pods that are intact and crunchy.

You can also get lima beans canned or frozen or dried, also they won’t taste as good as the fresh beans. 


Fresh lima beans can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


Preparing lima beans is easy, but takes a bit of time. Simply break open the pods, and use your fingers to pull the seeds out of their shells. Next, remove the skin on the beans by placing them in boiling water and blanching them for 1-2 minutes. Drain and rinse them in cold water, and the shells will be very easy to remove. 

What To Make With Lima Beans

Once you’re prepared the lima beans, cooking them is incredibly easy. Toss them with butter and salt for a great snack, or marinate them for a couple days for a delicious accompaniment to salads. Lima beans also taste great with meat or poultry, or paired with steamed tomatoes and some lightly grated parmesan cheese.

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