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Are They Lima Beans or Butterbeans?

Lima Beans Background -Photographed on a Canon EOS-1 Mark 3

Are they Lima beans or butterbeans? In the United States, we primarily refer to the bean as a Lima or a butterbean. But it’s always up for debate! One thing is for sure, these aren’t the frozen green lima beans that you grew up with, rather they are the dry white beans with an almost buttery flavor…hence the newer name, “butterbean.”

Lima beans have been cultivated in Peru for more than 7,000 years. With the exploration of South America the explorers took the Lima beans back to Spain and Portugal and from there to Africa, the Caribbean and North America. Depending on where in the world you are, the names of the beans can be referred to as Lima, Madagascar, gigantes or butterbeans.

No matter what you call these white beans there are as many different ways to cook them! Try one of these delicious recipes from our online recipe library. Your kids will love the Butterbeans and Cheese recipe. Do you like to go camping? Our Sausage and Bean Dutch oven recipe is perfect! The White Beans and Seared Scallop recipe uses baby Lima beans and is elegant enough to serve for guests. Having a BBQ? Ellery Lima Beans is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat.

Butterbeans and Cheese!!Butterbeans and Cheese

Sausage&Bean Stew1Sausage and Bean Dutch Oven Stew

white beans and scallopsWhite Beans & Seared Scallops

ElleryBeansEllery Lima Beans


Meet our Featured Food Blogger Jackie Garvin!

Jackie Garvin

Meet our Featured Food Blogger Jackie Garvin of Syrup and Biscuits!

A Southern gal through and through Jackie Garvin of Syrup and Biscuits invites you into her website with as much hospitality as I can imagine she would welcome you into her home. Part of Southern culture is gracious hospitality, lovely manners and great food and Jackie is a real Southern lady that follows these principles. She was born and raised in Alabama but now lives in Florida with her husband and their basset hound, Belle. She started her Southern food blog to share her love of the food she grew up eating.   Her Southern roots run deep, and she is proud of her heritage and enjoys sharing recipes and memories of growing up in the South.

Jackie loves to cook with beans and her recipe for Country-Style Ribs and Great Northern Beans is a hearty one pot meal that is amazing!

Country Style Ribs and Great Northern Beans

Photo courtesy of Jackie Garvin of Syrup and Biscuits

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Note: If you have always wanted to make wonderful fluffy Southern style biscuits to go with your pot of beans, Jackie has written a comprehensive book: Biscuits: Sweet and Savory Southern Recipes for the All-American Kitchen with step by step instructions and tips to perfect your biscuits!


We’re sending Our California Beans to Alabama for the Annual Butter Bean Festival!


Butter Beans and cornbread are a quintessential Southern tradition, so with that in mind, back in 2006 members of the Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center decided to organize the first Alabama Butter Bean Festival. The Butter Bean Festival united the Alabama communities of Pinson and Palmerdale to raise funds to make the old Palmerdale School into a Community Center.

This is not a trick question! Did you know that California grows the most Butter Beans in the country? Even more than Alabama! Always happy to share, the California Large Lima Bean Council has been a proud sponsor and provider of Butter Beans for the festival since the beginning. This year is no exception; we’ll be sending our annual shipment of approximately 1,200 pounds for attendees to enjoy this October.

With family fun for all, the festival has something for everyone. Besides booths selling delicious Butter Bean dishes such as Southern Style butter beans, cookies and even a Butter Bean cobbler, there is live music, a car show, carnival rides, 5K race, 150 arts and crafts vendors, a Mr. & Mrs. Butter Bean and a fireworks show. You can even check out the pot that crowned the festival with a Guinness Book of World Records largest pot of baked beans at 1,010.65 gallons! The festival runs from Friday, September 30th, from 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday October 1st starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm. Fireworks are on Friday night and the 5K run is Saturday morning. Located in the small town of Pinson, Alabama just northeast of Birmingham you will find a friendly place with southern hospitality.

Did you know? Five Fun Facts!

  1. Butter Beans and Large Lima beans are the same thing. Butter Bean is a nickname used mainly in the Southern United States because of the buttery flavor and creamy texture of the bean.
  2. Other names for Large Lima beans are Rangoon bean, Burma bean, Madagascar bean and Chad bean.
  3. Large Lima beans have been cultivated in Peru since 6000 B.C., and the common name of the bean comes from Lima, Peru’s capital city.
  4. Lima beans are a legume.
  5. Lima beans contain folate, thiamin (B1), vitamin B6, fiber, manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and antioxidants.

Be sure to try out one of these delicious Butter Bean recipes from our CalBeans.org website!

Butter Beans and Cheese

Sausage and Bean Dutch Oven Stew

Southern Style Butter Beans

Ellery Lima Beans

Breakfast Sausage

Check out this YouTube video of the festival from 2014! Members of our Cal Beans team had a great time!

Butter Beans and Cheese

Butterbeans and Cheese!!

Butter Beans and Cheese


2 cups dry Large Lima beans also known as Butter beans
3 cups half and half
6 Tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 ounces goat cheese
2 1/2 cups grated white cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tablespoons sour cream
2 egg yolks
3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Sort and soak overnight in a large bowl the 2 cups of dry Large Lima beans in 6 cups of cold water.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and place in a saucepan with fresh water to cover the beans plus 2 inches.
  3. Bring the beans to a boil and cook for 40 to 60 minutes or until tender. Drain the beans and set aside in a large bowl.
  4. Meanwhile in a large saucepan, bring the half and half, onion, and garlic to a simmer. Take about 3/4 of a cup of the mixture out of the saucepan and put it in a bowl with the flour and mix until it’s smooth. Return the flour mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, about 3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in the goat cheese, cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese until melted. Stir in the sour cream. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and gradually whisk in some of the cheese sauce to temper the yolks. Gradually whisk this mixture into the saucepan.
  6. Pour the sauce over the beans in the bowl and mix until evenly coated. Place the mixture in a casserole dish.
  7. Melt the butter and mix with the Panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the butterbeans and cheese.
  8. Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes until bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.