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    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Lima Bean

    Lima bean, Phaseolus limensis are vegetables belonging to the pulse family, leguminosae, which also include the closely related snap, or string, bean, P. vulgaris. Both the small, flat "baby" lima and larger thick "potato" type are of tropical American origin. Both are grown in warmer areas throughout the United States.

    Lima beans grow both as bushes and as climbing plants. They require warmer than snap beans and cannot tolerate frost. The beans are harvested when most of the seeds have reached maximum size but are still green and tender. Beans that will be dried and stored are left on the plant until they have become fully mature and white in color.


    The lima bean grows on a vinelike shrub. Each pod contain four green beans, which turn white and hard if left unharvested.

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