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Butter Beans

Also Known As : Large Lima Beans, Sieva bean, Madagascar bean, Haricot Lima
Technical Name : Phaseolus lunatus


Taste Profile

It has a bland delicate and buttery taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Butter beans can be used in soups or stews.


In appearance, butter beans are kidney-shaped and they are available in cream, off white or yellow color. Some of the varieties are even available in red, purple, brown, black or white color. They are most often associated with succotash, a traditional Native American dish that combines this delicious bean with corn.

Health benefits

  • Butter beans contain magnesium that helps to reduce migraine.(1) 
  • It also helps to reduce the risk of anemia.(1)
  • Vitamin B3 present in butter beans reduces the chances of  cardiovascular disease.(1)
  • Folate present in butter beans helps to prevent  cancer.(1) 
  • It helps to lower the risk of blood pressure.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose those butter beans that are firm and glossy. Butter beans should be spotless, without wrinkles or non appearance of yellow skin on them.


Do not eat raw beans as they have linamarin which is a highly poisonous substance. Overconsumption of butter beans can cause nervousness, migraine, stomach problem due to presence of amino acid called L-tyrosine.(2)

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