The Lima Bean Revolution Starts Here, Man

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By Dave Coulter

Rough Edges

In the past couple weeks E and I have wondered - during dinnertime, usually - if Lima Beans are disappearing from tables and grocery shelves?  Say it ain't so. Both Lima Beans and Succotash were staples on our summertime menus when we were kids. Lima Beans seemed to be readily available from local farm stands, too.    

We have considered that this could be a generational thing. We are both around that AARP age, and tastes do change. (Who eats turnips anymore?) We both grew up enjoying Limas, and perhaps this is merely because moms in the 1960's recalled this vegetable from their childhoods?  

This is hardly a scientific query, but according to E - and she would know- it is tougher than ever to find Lima Beans in the freezer section at the store. Never mind trying to find fresh ones - although I have seen them sometimes at the OP Farmers Market.  

Well friends, the loss of the noble Lima Bean must be fought vigorously. Seek them out, demand them from your grocer. Grow them at home.  I hereby declare that 2012 is the Year of the Lima! C'mon Oak Park....get behind the Lima Bean Express!  

Oh. Right. Hmm....or maybe staying in front is a better idea this once....

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Dave Coulter  

Posted: March 4th, 2012 12:09 PM

All this food talk is making me hungry....

John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2012 7:27 AM

My Mama Simms called them "butter beans", and they were frequently a part of her Harrodsburg, Kentucky table. I believe butter beans reduce cholesterol, which was good because her table also included fried chicken and biscuits and gravy.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 11:34 AM

John,David it looks like the great debate will continue :)

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 1:59 PM

Coming from a home where you ate what you were served, I spent most of my youth trying to separate the corn from the lima beans in the Succotash. It was an art. As soon as I got a paperboy job and began contributing money to the household, I declared adulthood and never ate Succotash or Peas (really hate peas) again

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 12:13 PM

I'm very fond of Lima beans, especially the big ones offered at Papaspiros. I think they've always been a much derided and ignored legume...though I did grow them one year and was pleased that fresh off the vine, when they're still young, they can be eaten raw, much like favas.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 11:09 AM

Don't forget the gas mask :)


Posted: March 2nd, 2012 10:49 AM

It's the great "Lima Bean Spring!"

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