Is there a difference between lima beans and butter beans?

Gardens & Landscapes May 15, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
Phaseolus lunatusis is known by many names, including lima bean, butter bean, sieva bean, calico bean, and Madagascar bean. The name butter bean originated in the southern United States. They are essentially the same bean. In culinary use, lima beans and butter beans are distinctly different, the former being small and green, the latter large and yellow.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.