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Lima Bean Monster

NOVEMBER 28, 2006
Lima Bean Monster or Phaseolus lunatas, Fabaceae
This is one of a series of Vegetarian Monsters and Vegan Beasts.

The Lima Bean Monster or Phaseolus lunatas, Fabaceae, is clearly the red-headed step-child of the legume family. Children run in terror when they see this enormous bean legume staring up at them from the dinner plate.
Immature lima beans are one of the principal ingredients of succotash. Dry lima beans require lengthy soaking of about twelve hours and thorough cooking. Both soaking water and cooking water should be discarded to eliminate flatulence-inducing oligosaccharides.