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Harvesting - Lima Beans





Fast Facts




Planting to Harvest Bush lima beans: 65 to 78 days Pole lima beans: 78 to 88 days
Average Yield 10 pounds per 10 feet of row
Recommended planting for a family of five 100 feet
Recommended Uses Boil, braise-stew, bake, pressure cook, or microwave


Additional Information



Harvest Recommendations

Bush lima beans develop more quickly than pole lima beans and may be harvested more quickly. Pick when bean pods become full and lumpy but are still green.

They can be picked when less mature for more tender eating.

Storage and Preservation Methods

Lima beans should always be shelled before cooking. Squeeze the bean on the pod seam with your thumb. Beans should pop out easily.

Best when canned or frozen but can be stored fresh up to a week in a cool, moist place. Can also be dried.

 





Lima Beans

Tips

Do not rush season. Plant beans after date of last frost when temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees.

 

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