Butter beans, also known as Lima beans, are large, flat, edible beans that belong to the legume family. They are named after the city of Lima in Peru, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. Butter beans have a buttery texture and a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

There are two main types of butter beans: baby lima beans and Fordhook lima beans. Baby lima beans are smaller and more delicate, while Fordhook lima beans are larger and tend to be a bit firmer. The beans can be green or white, and their color often depends on the specific variety.

Butter Beans

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Butter beans are a good source of protein, fiber, and various nutrients, including folate, magnesium, and iron. They can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stews, salads, and casseroles. Additionally, they can be boiled, steamed, or sautéed as a side dish. Keep in mind that raw lima beans contain compounds that can be toxic, so it’s important to cook them thoroughly before consuming.


  • 2 cups butter beans (canned or cooked)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • If using canned butter beans, drain and rinse them under cold water. If using dried beans, make sure to cook them according to the package instructions until they are tender.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the butter beans to the pan, stirring gently to coat them with the garlic-infused olive oil.
  • Sprinkle dried thyme and rosemary over the butter beans. Stir to evenly distribute the herbs. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
  • Season the beans with salt and pepper to taste. Remember to start with a small amount and add more if needed.
  • Cook the butter beans for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are heated through and infused with the flavors of garlic and herbs.
  • Remove the pan from heat. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the butter beans for a burst of color and added freshness. Give it a final gentle toss.
  • Serve the butter beans warm as a side dish alongside your main course.

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