Butter Beans

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  1. ricky101

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    Hi,

    Have been asked if I know what are Butter Beans and can we buy and grow them here in England ?

    Looking on the Web seems they are also known as Lima Beans and they say grow best in warm climates, but also that when raw they can be poisonous as they contain some form of cyanide.
     
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    Isn't the same true of red beans, too? I'm sure I read that they have to be cooked, rinsed, cooked again and the water discarded. They're both dried seeds so perhaps the warm climate bit is so they have a long season to ripen?
     
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      Red kidney beans do contain poison and need to be boiled for a while to get rid of it.
      I usually buy tinned ones that have already gone through the process are are pretty much cooked anyway.

      We used to have butter beans when I was a kid and they were dried ones, but I dont remember them ever being anything other than just boiled until soft.

      I reckon you could grow the dried ones from a supermarket, unless of course they part cook them and then dry them.:scratch:
       
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          I'm sure you can find a supplier somewhere and they can be grown here.

          It's much easier to buy them tinned and a bit more difficult if you buy them dried.

          Most dried beans contain Phytohemagglutinin (PHA), which is poisonous, and this has been removed when having been sold in cans. To cook dried beans better and remove the PHA it is better to soak them first (usually from 3 hours to 8 hours but the normal thing is to do it overnight). Then boil them until the texture is as you prefer. Some people bring them to the boil, let them boil for 10 minutes or so and then rinse and boil in fresh water.

          Other people say put some bicarb in towards the end of the boiling process but that is only useful if you want to have them mushy - as you should do with chickpeas for making hummus.
           
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            We always have several tins of butter beans in the cupboard.
            They are relatively cheap so i haven't tried growing them. They are a good addition to stews and curries etc.
             
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