If you’re looking for a versatile, inexpensive and healthy superfood to incorporate into your diet, look no further than the humble lima bean. These hearty legumes are packed with protein, fiber, iron and other nutrients, and they’re widely available and easy to prepare. The best part? Lima beans are delicious! (And they’re especially tasty in our Southern Succotash soup.)
The Origin of Lima Beans
Lima beans, which are named after the capital of Peru, have been part of Central and South American cuisine for centuries. Ancient Peruvian civilizations used them in cooking as early as 800 BCE.
Lima beans are part of the legume family, along with beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and peanuts. Like their legume siblings, they are high in protein and fiber, but low in fat.
Learn to Love Lima Beans
There’s nothing bland or boring about lima beans! We’ve put an interesting and diversified spin on the preparation of lima beans in our Southern Succotash soup. The flavors are unforgettable!
One serving of lima beans offers 92% of the recommended daily value of manganese. Manganese plays an important part in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It allows for much needed calcium absorption, and it helps with regulation of blood sugar.
If you haven’t tried lima beans in a while, it might be time to find out why they’ve been around for so long! With the right preparation, they can be a delicious addition to any meal. Here are a few serving ideas:
- Southern Succotash Soup: we’ve added Cajun flair to our Southern-style lima beans, and blended them with corn, sweet potato, red pepper, and herbs to create a unique, satisfying soup.
- Hummus: blend cooked beans with lemon juice and herbs to make hummus. Perfect for a midday snack!
- Salad Topper: add limas to a salad for a boost of protein and texture.
- Sauté: boil fresh frozen lima beans, then add them to a pan with olive oil and garlic for an aromatic and flavorful side dish.
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Source: WebMD, The Health Benefits of Lima Beans