Butter Beans vs. Lima Beans: Here’s the Difference

Regional Terminology: – In the United States, particularly in the South, the term "butter beans" is commonly used to refer to large, flat lima beans.

In other regions, especially in the United Kingdom, "butter beans" may refer to a variety of lima beans.

Appearance: – Lima beans are generally large, flat, and kidney-shaped with a buttery texture. – Some smaller lima bean varieties are called baby lima beans or sieva beans.

Flavor and Texture: – Both butter beans and lima beans have a mild, buttery flavor. – The texture of these beans is smooth and creamy when cooked.

Colors: – Lima beans come in various colors, including white, green, and speckled. – The term "butter beans" may specifically refer to large, flat, white lima beans.

Culinary Use: – Both beans can be used interchangeably in recipes, such as soups, stews, casseroles, and salads. – They are often boiled, steamed, or used in a dried form.

Nutritional Content: – Lima beans, regardless of the term used, are a good source of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

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