Organic butter beans (lima beans to some) are a major source of protein, fibre, iron and B vitamins as well as being high in manganese, zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and valuable antioxidants.
Dried butter beans will need to be soaked for around six hours and will take about 30 minutes to cook. If you have a slow cooker, it will take less time.
To cook butter beans, shell and wash the beans thoroughly and boil them in a saucepan with water and salt. When they are tender, drain, add butter and sprinkle with pepper before serving. If you wish, you can add sauteed onions or red pepper flakes. Or make the famous Gigantes with Tomatoes and Greens.
Alternatively, cover the cooked beans with olive oil, salt, lime juice and cayenne and roast them in the oven until they are slightly brown. Leftover beans are delicious sprinkled on salads or used in soup and added to pasta to increase protein intake. You can tinned butter beans for a quick and convenient meal, but be aware of the higher salt content.