Gourmet Valley Bean Heirloom Xmas Lima 12 OZ (Pack of 6) (Note: This Product Description Is Informational Only. Always Check The Actual Product Label In Your Possession For The Most Accurate Ingredient Information Before Use. For Any Health Or Dietary Related Matter Always Consult Your Doctor Before Use.) 51913428122
- All natural
- Wonderful buttery chestnut flavor
- Creamy texture
- Recipe included
- Pack of 6 12-ounce pouches
Fresh is Best
I purchased these beans expecting a product similar to the fantastic heirloom beans I’d sampled from Rancho Gordo in Napa, CA. Unfortunately, this was not the case. These beans took four hours to cook, and this was after I’d soaked them overnight! Even after four hours of cooking, some of the beans were semi-hard. The beans were not fresh at all, and the fact that they were old beans made for a less than satisfying end-product. The price was great, but the beans were not.
My favorite bean…
I love “Christmas Limas” and have ever since my grandmother used to make them when I was a teenager and early twenties. After she died, I couldn’t find them anyplace for the longest time. She called them Speckled Butterbeans and grew her own. I didn’t have room for a big bean crop, so I needed to buy them and I found out that Speckled Butterbeans are a different, although slightly similar, bean. I finally ran across a photo of the right bean and discovered that they were called Christmas Limas. I love the taste, but be aware that these beans have a pretty long cooking time. Soaking them a few hours is a good idea, and even then they’ll need some time. They need to be cooked slowly to get the best flavor (in my opinion and the opinion of my grandmother) and should be cooked until they are very tender. And if you want to cook them “Southern Style” you’ll need some ham or salt pork to put in with them. If you raise them and pick them fresh, they take a lot less time, but still need to be cooked very slowly. A crock pot is an excellent way to cook them, but you’ll need to soak them beforehand and allow plenty of time for cooking if you’re using dried beans like this brand. They freeze (cooked) very well, so I cook a big batch and freeze them in smaller containers. I found this brand to be really good with very few bad beans and they are sealed so that they keep well and store easily.
No Wonder They’re Heirlooms!
Now I understand why these beautiful lima beans have been so treasured for many generations. The robust flavor is nothing like the traditional Southern-style lima bean taste (which I have always avoided eating). These colorful beauties impart not only a rich and hearty flavor to any soup or stew, but they also provide ample protein and fiber, as well. These beans will be a mainstay item in my pantry, for many years to come.