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CHRISTMAS LIMA BEANS WITH POTATOES AND CABBAGE

These gorgeous huge beans are about one and one-quarter inches long and look like big carnelians with cream-colored markings. They have a creamy texture and a rich flavor reminiscent of chestnuts. Lima beans never did much for me until I learned about Christmas Lima beans from Rancho Gordo. In his great book, The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower’s Guide, Steve Sando writes that it is thought that this bean originated in Peru and after it migrated to Italy it was called Fagiolo di Papa or the Pope’s bean. SlowFoodUSA/Ark of Taste states that this bean was introduced into the U.S. in the 1840’s and was especially popular in the Southwest. It is sometimes called Speckled Calico Lima or the Chestnut Lima. When they are cooked the vibrant red and cream markings mellow to a light and dark red brown. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ENTIRE ARTICLE