Madagascar Lima Bean
Phaseolus lunatus
Uses: Culinary Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
(Seven year lima) A beautiful cream and maroon lima bean with a striking radiating pattern. Although its origin has been traced to Brazil and before that to the Incas in Peru this bean has been in Madagascar since at least the 16th century. Like a second home, the semi-tropical climber took to the warm humid climate that suited it perfectly. In time the bean became one of the country’s most important export crops, with huge quantities shipped to Europe yearly. While Europeans favoured the large pure white varieties, the locals grew smaller varieties with a range colours and patterns such as this one. Today these traditional varieties are disappearing as land use and crops change. Like most lima beans they can be shelled and used fresh or dried in soups and stews or to make veggie burgers. They do best in light, well-drained soil where summers are long and warm. Train them up a trellis or let them to grow into a thick mat. 100-160 days.
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