|Number Of Contracts||30||28||32||29||30||28||33|
|Gross Farm Value (.000)||$2,175||$1,984||$2,232||$2,832||$1,765||$2,997||$3,066|
P = Preliminary
Source: Processor Information Returns
Nutrition and Health
Lima beans, like most legumes, are good sources of protein, iron, folate, magnesium and copper, and is a very good source of dietary fiber and manganese. The dietary fiber in lima beans is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Lima beans and their nutrients also help in the development of bones, muscle and your heart function. Lima beans are also a good addition to diets due to their iron and protein content.
- Add lima beans to vegetable soups for a nutrient kick.
- Roasting can be done by tossing lima beans with sesame oil and seasoning with lime juice and cayenne pepper, oven roast until hot and crisp.
- Try lima bean in replace of chickpeas for your hummus.
- The scientific name for the lima bean is "Phaseoulus lunatus". This name refers to the shape of the bean, which looks like half-moon (lunatus = crescent-shaped, in Latin).
- Lima beans are also known as "butterbeans" because of the taste of cooked beans, which resembles butter.
- Lima beans were very important in the Moche culture. They cultivated the bean heavily and it was commonly depicted within their artwork.
- Lima beans have a high molybdenum content which may help people with a sensitivity to sulfites since sulfite sensitivity is often due to low levels molybdenum in the body.