Christmas lima beans are flat beans, about 2 to 3 cm (1 inch) wide.
They have a beige background with dark burgundy mottling covering most of the bean. The mottled coloration survives cooking.
When cooked, Christmas lima beans have a flaky texture, and a taste that some people say reminds them of chestnuts.
The plant is a pole type bean plant that is 75 to 100 days from seed.
Don’t soak Christmas lima beans before cooking. Don’t use pressure cooking on them. Simmer for 1 ½ hours.
500 g (1 pound) dry = 4 to 5 cups, cooked
1 cup uncooked = 2 ¼ cups cooked
Christmas lima beans were known in the 1840s. They were particularly popular in the American south-west around the turn of the 20th century.