Christmas Lima Pole Bean

75-85 days. A gorgeous heirloom variety dating back to the 1840s, it originated in Peru and was quite popular in the early 1900s. Christmas Lima is a large-seeded Bean with 4″ to 6″ pods housing quarter-sized, white seeds with maroon spots. Able to withstand extreme heat, it grows on vigorous vines that stretch to 10′ tall. You will love its smooth, buttery texture. The versatile Bean can be used fresh as a green-shelled Bean or dried for cooking (it keeps its distinctive burgundy and white, batik-like marks). For fresh, green-shell use, pick the Beans once the pods have bulged and filled out or let the pods dry and thresh out the Beans for dry use. (OP.)

One packet of about 50 seeds
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  • A traditional favorite paired with Corn kernels in home-style succotash, these large-seeded Beans originated in Peru and were quite popular in the US in the early 1900s. Also known as Butter Beans in the south, Lima Beans are a terrific side dish with roasted meats and poultry and great in chilled salads. Sun-and warmth-loving Lima Beans are best direct-sown in well-draining, fertile, 60°F soil, well past the last spring frost date. Plant them so they can scamper over a twiggy teepee, a trellis or other fence-like structural support. Pick regularly when the meaty Beans are young and rather slim. Delicious all by themselves: bring water to a boil, simmer the freshly shelled Limas for 15 to 20 minutes and dress simply with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Also great in chilled salads with seeded and diced Cucumber and Tomatoes, Corn, shrimp, Cilantro and Garlic croutons with a zingy lemon vinaigrette.

    Average seed life: 3 years.
  • Gardening Tips
A traditional favorite paired with Corn kernels in home-style succotash, these large-seeded Beans originated in Peru and were quite popular in the US in the early 1900s. Also known as Butter Beans in the south, Lima Beans are a terrific side dish with roasted meats and poultry and great in chilled salads. Sun-and warmth-loving Lima Beans are best direct-sown in well-draining, fertile, 60°F soil, well past the last spring frost date. Plant them so they can scamper over a twiggy teepee, a trellis or other fence-like structural support. Pick regularly when the meaty Beans are young and rather slim. Delicious all by themselves: bring water to a boil, simmer the freshly shelled Limas for 15 to 20 minutes and dress simply with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Also great in chilled salads with seeded and diced Cucumber and Tomatoes, Corn, shrimp, Cilantro and Garlic croutons with a zingy lemon vinaigrette.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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