butter beans

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I love to eat butter beans but am not sure what they are? Are they a type of lima bean? I want to grow these this year but can not fnd any butter bean suppliers. Do any of you out there grow these beans? Would you be willing to sell a few beans for planting. Will they do good in the number 4 zone? We still have some snow here so will not be planting any time soon.:(:(

Have a great day.

-- michelle (tsjheath@ainop.com), April 17, 2001


Michelle ...as far as I know butter beans are just dried limas..the small and the large ones...just leave them on the vine until the pod is dry and then shell them.

-- Lynn(MO) (mscratch1@semo.net), April 17, 2001.

Hey MIchelle. I eat those raskels too. I don't bother grow'n them. I just buy'm at wallyworld in the 1# pk for .83 cents. You could use those for seed but would be kinda expensive I'd think. Matt.24:44

-- hoot (hoot@pcinetwork.com), April 17, 2001.

They are also good before they mature. I'm thinking that may be the same as the frozen Fordhooks. There are more than one kind of butterbean, I think. Mom used to raise some that were speckled (the beans and maybe the pod, too).

-- ruth in s.e.Illinois (bobtravous@email.com), April 17, 2001.

They are one in the same. I have Henderson Bush Lima, Speckled Pole, and Christmas(which the dried bean is almost the size of a quarter). I should have some to share. We are off to town so I'll check and post back this afternoon. LaDena

-- LaDena Johnson (kjohnson@wcnet.net), April 18, 2001.

Hey thanks for the helpful information!! LaDena I'll take you up on the offer of some of your beans. I eagerly await your post!! Hoot your wallyworld must be better equiped than ours as thy do not carry anthing like that!! Happy eating!!

-- michelle (tsjheath@ainop.com), April 18, 2001.

Butterbeans are the for-fresh-eating soybeans. Johnny's Selected seeds sells them. I'm growing them for the first time this year.

-- Jean (schiszik@tbcnet.com), April 18, 2001.

Vermont Bean Co. has a great catalogue of beans. Common ones and some that are unusual. Good Luck.

-- cordy (ckaylegian@aol.com), April 18, 2001.

At least here in the Southern U.S. all butterbeans are limas but depending on who you talk to not all limas are butterbeans.

Some folks say that all lima beans, large or small seeded, dry or immature are butterbeans (I do) while others say that only the large seeded types are butterbeans.

They're dead simple to grow but particular about wanting hot weather. When the ground has warmed up good plant them in full sun. The bush type bear earlier but not quite as much than the pole types.


-- Live Oak (southern@forest.org), April 24, 2001.

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