Lima Beans

Lima Beans
Lima Beans

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!

Selection Process

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.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp (11.1 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 37.5

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.1g 0.1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.1%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 2.0mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 7.0g 2.3%

Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8.4%

Sugars 0.9g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 2.4g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 0.0%
Calcium 0.9% Iron 4.6%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.3%
Vitamin K 0.8% Thiamin 3.8%
Riboflavin 1.3% Niacin 0.9%
Vitamin B-6 2.8% Folate 11.0%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 1.5%
Phosphorus 4.3% Magnesium 6.2%
Zinc 2.1% Selenium 1.1%
Copper 4.1% Manganese 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.