Baby Butter Beans
Baby Butter Lima Beans are a dwarf variety of lima bean, about 1/2 inch long, with a thin, yellowish-white skin and a creamy texture. Sometimes called "sieva beans," these tasty little beans are a popular ingredient in Southern cooking, especially the classic succotash.
Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour, until tender.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Lima baby butter beans.
Baby Butter Lima Beans (Phaseolus lunatus) are a dwarf variety of lima bean, flat and about 1/2 inch long with a faint seashell pattern radiating out from the inner seam. The thin, yellowish-white skin allows it to cook quickly. The bean's name comes from its butter-like color, sweet, rich flavor and creamy texture. Baby Butter Lima Beans are also referred to as "sieva beans," or sometimes simply "butter beans." They are grown across the Southern United States, and are a key ingredient in several regional Southern recipes. The plant reaches its peak harvest in late summer.
Baby Butter Lima Beans are members of the larger family of legumes, plants used for their edible seeds and pods that boast a high nutrient density with low-maintenance production and storage. They contain high levels of protein, essential minerals and fiber while maintaining a low level of fats.
Believed to have originated in Peru, beans were spread through trade throughout South and Central America, later being introduced to Europe in the 15th century by Spanish explorers. Known as a high-quality, inexpensive source of protein and nutrition, they have become diet staples in many cultures and are now widely produced in Asia, Europe and North America.
Slow-braised Butter Beans with ham is a staple side dish in Southern cuisine. However Butter Beans can make a satisfying entrée when paired with rice and cornbread.