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About lima beans
Lima beans have a nutty, sweet flavor. Depending on where you live or shop, they are called butter beans because of their buttery texture and have a delicate flavor that works well with a wide variety of dishes. The lima bean has a flat pod with an oblong shape with a slight curve, and it averages about 3 inches in length. Each pod has about three kidney-shaped beans inside, which are the lima beans.
Lima beans are a good source of molybdenum, a component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase. This enzyme detoxifies sulfites, a type of preservative added to prepared foods. People who are sensitive to sulfites can experience headaches and a rapid heartbeat after eating them. Eating lima beans can add molybdenum to your system, which can help to fight the sulfites, so you don't experience the adverse effects after eating them.
Although the term lima bean and butter bean are used interchangeably in some areas, they are scientifically the same:
- Fordhook or Butter bean: These are the larger lima beans commonly eaten in the southern United States. They have a cream color and rich consistency. In most cases, you will find them dried.
- Madagascar bean: The Madagascar is smaller than the Butter bean, and it's green. It's sometimes called a baby lima and named after Lima, the capital of Peru.
Along with many other fruits and vegetables, lima beans contain trace amounts of a compound called linamarin, which breaks down into cyanide. In the United States, the levels of cyanide are very low, and in order for the bean to be harmful, it has to be chewed, which brings out the linamarin. Cooking the beans for just 5 for 10 minutes is all they need to become completely safe and edible.
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