Ohhhhh.... fresh black-eyed peas are one of the best things from the
garden and absolutely nothing like frozen or canned. And, the best news
is that they are very easy to grow. We plant a lot of them and they are
a very sturdy. lush and prolific if you keep them picked. It's best to
tend to or pick them early in the morning before the wasps start
buzzing around them. Never, ever spray them because the wasps are
beneficial & pollinators. This is a crop that nearly takes care of
itself. They grow best planted in 3-4 foot wide rows or slightly
raised beds. Pick them when the pods start to thin but before they turn
yellow or start to dry. Yum yum.
I grew lima beans when I was 9 years old in a small plot (about 2 short,
maybe 3 foot rows of them) when we lived in Virginia. It was surprisingly
easy but I was doing it for a science experiment which required me to
dissect the beans to show how the shoots would eventually come up to sprout
flowers and then make new plants. If a 9 year old can do it, you can.
Provided you have the right soil, I guess. And before you ask, I didn't do
anything more than water the tiny plants and wait for the beans to appear on
the plants. I never added any sort of fertilizer; nothing like that. I was
a curious kid. I just checked my plants every day and made sure they were
okay. They were. On a larger scale I'm sure you'd have more to think
You can do a lot with lima beans if you like them. Add them to soups and
stews. Dry them for later use. Or just briefly boil or steam them and
serve them with butter. Maybe some grated cheese. I've never gotten fancy
with lima beans.
Lima beans are slightly more expensive than some other beans because
their pods contain slightly fewer beans on average than say pinto
beans... that said dried limas don't cost more than most dried beans.
Fresh frozen limas are expensive but so would any fresh frozen bean be
just as expensive, which is why therre is a very limited selection of
fresh frozen beans. Beans being high in protein they are more apt to
freezer burn than other frozen veggies... and frozen limas are not
very popular anyway so they don't sell well and so they spoil, and so
those who buy them pay for the waste. If price is a concern then use
dried... all canned beans are made from dried. And butter bean is
just another name for lima bean. But lima beans and baby lima beans
are indeed different beans.
Try making a soup with lima beans (I used dried one soaked overnigth)
using onions and amy be garlic too. Then add dill (fresh one) just
before removing the heat.
I made it once only ...that's only because I hate peeling the skin. I
don't like to eat the skin on lima beans ..
I often dry the large bunches I get at the asian market and store in a
jar. I use them on just about any steamed veggie as well as grilled fish
and sauteed shrimps.
Take 1 lb. of peeled and deveined shrimp and toss into a skillet in a
mix of hot butter and olive oil. Add a light sprinkling of garlic
powder, a generous amount of dried (or fresh) dill weed and a bit of
salt free lemon pepper.
Stir gently until all of the shrimp is pink.
Serve over steamed veggies, pasta, or rice.
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