Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lima-like Beans from Green Beans

Lima-like Beans from Green Beans

Every year there are always a few green beans that get away from me and grow too large to eat.  For years I just saved these beans and let them dry to use next year as seeds (provided the variety was an "heirloom" not a "hybrid" - I will explain the difference between the two in a different post).  I was thrilled to discover that the inside seeds of the Italian Romano Beans can be eaten as Lima beans - it's like having 2 different beans in one plant!

These seeds look like navy beans but taste like lima beans.  Simply peel off the green bean pod and inside you will find 3 or 4 seeds that look like navy beans.  Compost or discard the pod and then boil the inner beans and enjoy! 

Simply delicious and great in soups also.

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