Those elusive butterbeans...
Posted 10 September 2003 - 01:51 PM
Hope you can clear up this puzzlement for me, and thanks for your participation.
“Are you making a statement, or are you making dinner?” Mario Batali
Posted 11 September 2003 - 04:34 AM
I had to check with my brother who still lives in Choctaw County in Alabama about butter beans. He has one of the best gardens for miles around.
We agreed: butter beans and lima beans are very similar in taste but actually are two different varieties. The pods of fresh lima beans are pale green, while fresh butter beans are light brown or gray-brown in color, and can be speckled with purple. There are many varieties.
Generally the pod of mature butter beans is a little smaller than that of lima beans. On the other hand, dried baby lima beans and dried large lima beans are white. I have never seen butter beans dried and sold in packages.
However, I am sure that you can order the seeds for butter beans from some of the major horticultural companies. As for the name, my brother and I were stumped. But I suspect the delicious pod, butter bean, gets it name from its velvety texture.