Lima Beans


  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number Of Contracts 28 32 29 30 28 33 38
Acres Contracted 2,792 3,081 3,057 2,242 3,199 3,042 3,807
Acres Harvested 3,003 3,580 3,164 2,387 3,426 3,367 3,909
Tons Harvested 4,201 4,727 5,997 3,737 6,281 6,342 6,025
Gross Farm Value (.000) $1,984 $2,232 $2,832 $1,765 $2,997 $3,066 $2,934

P = Preliminary

Source: Processor Information Returns


Nutrition and Health

Lima beans, like most legumes, are a good source of protein, iron, folate, magnesium, copper, 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 heart function.  Lima beans are also a good addition to diets due to their iron and protein content.

Cooking Tips

  • 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. 

Interesting Facts

  • 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.