This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

fresh lima beans

shelled limas
lima beans in the pod limas and corn with butter

Here's a vegetable I'm thinking of adding to my garden next year. Its always fun to try something new. I bought these fresh lima beans at a farm nearby, Wilson's Farm. They were delicious. Johnny's has a variety of large limas (link) that sound nice. A bush bean. 85 days.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

I grew lima beans that I purchased from the seed savers exchange. I wasn't too fond of them but I don't think I cooked them enough. How long do you cook them for?

Nice fall photos, I was just in Northern Ontario to photograph all the colours. I just posted a whole bunch of them on my blog.

October 15, 2008 1:24 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I just sauteed them about 2 minutes in butter and olive, then added the corn and sauteed together about 2 or 3 minutes more. So probably 4 or 5 minutes total cooking for the limas. I actually thought the limas were a bit over cooked and I should have put the corn and limas in together and cooked both only 2-3 minutes.

I just did a little reading and found that the smallest of fresh lima beans can be eaten uncooked in salads or briefly sauteed. But larger ones need to be well cooked, usually by simmering 10 minuts in broth.

I was wondering why the limas I bought were so small. I thought maybe they were picked too young. Some pods were hardly filled out at all. Now I think they did this purposefully so they would be so tender.

October 15, 2008 2:15 PM

 
Blogger Dan said...

Good to know. I didn't really know when to pick them and I am guess I left them on to long. I boiled them for about 8 minutes and they were still hard. Will have to pick sooner next year. Yours looks really good combined with corn.

October 15, 2008 3:08 PM

 
Anonymous Patrick said...

Lima beans aren't really a good crop for northern gardens. Here in Amsterdam (about the same latitude as the US/Canadian border) I can barely get beans large enough to eat, and there is no possibility of getting any seeds to save.

You might end up getting some in your garden, but I doubt they will do very well. You should look for varieties that say specifically they are for northern climates.

October 16, 2008 5:45 AM

 
Blogger Matron said...

I tried growing some lima beans here in the UK last year, they didn't do very well, I don't think we have enough daylight. I might give them another go next year, just in case we actually have some sunshine!

October 17, 2008 4:15 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Maybe I'll try a small patch of limas. Maybe next year will be warm and sunny!

I was looking into requirements and it seems they are very sensitive to soil temp. They are similar to soybeans (which do well for me if I can keep the critters from eating the seed), but need more heat. I would need to plant in a warm location after soil is at least 75°F. Toasty.

October 19, 2008 9:56 AM

 
Blogger Heathcare for Peace said...

I found your blog searching for info about scarlet runner beans as they are similar to limas but grow very well in the northern tier. I'd recommend runner beans for people who like green beans, podded ones like limas and a beautiful plant.

Nice blog, will look through it for a while.

November 14, 2008 12:59 PM

 

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