This New World bean was named after Lima, Peru where it was found as early as 1500. Baby Limas (white and green) are plump-bodied and have a slightly kidney-shaped curve. Also called Butter beans or Magagascar beans.
A traditional way to serve limas is with corn in Succotash (an American Indian dish of corn, lima beans and peppers). They are also used alone in as a side dish and in soups and salads. Lima beans are a good source of protein, phosphorus, potassium and iron.