There are two types of lima beans: the larger, potassium-packed butter bean and the sweeter baby limas. Both have a buttery flavor and a starchy interior that can turn mushy when overcooked. Lima beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, iron, protein, sleep-inducing tryptophan, and manganese. Succotash!
Fresh lima beans may be difficult to find; check your local farmer's market. If you are so lucky to find them, choose ones that are dark green, firm, glossy and free of blemishes and wrinkles. Frozen lima beans should not be clumped together. When buying dried beans look for those that are free of moisture, cracks, and wrinkles.
Calcium 14.4% Iron 74.3%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 4.3%
Vitamin K 13.4% Thiamin 60.2%
Riboflavin 21.2% Niacin 13.7%
Vitamin B-6 45.6% Folate 175.8%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 24.1%
Phosphorus 68.5% Magnesium 99.7%
Zinc 33.6% Selenium 18.3%
Copper 65.9% Manganese 148.8%