Snow on the Mountain Lima Bean
The large beans of this vigorous pole lima variety are quite tasty, with the dry beans having a sweet, walnut flavor when cooked. Slightly curved, sometimes twisted pods grow 4-4.5"" long and contain three to four seeds each. Reverend Roy Blount of Washington Parish, Louisiana, shared this early-maturing variety with Seed Savers Exchange member John Coykendall, who gave it to Seed Savers Exchange. It has been in Blount’s family since the 1880s but reportedly dates back to at least the 1860s.
- 80 days
- From the Collection
- Pole lima
- Slightly curved to twisted pods
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
As your lima beans are maturing, shell them and toss the fresh seeds into salads with mint, feta, and hulled corn.
If you grow your limas as dry beans, try adding them to spicy Moroccan stews or Asian curries as the flavor of the bean will hold up well.
Christmas lima beans even work in chili recipes and add a rich, nutty flavor to the dish.
Instructions - Lima beans thrive in hot temperatures. Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Seeds will germinate in 7-18 days. Limas prefer full sun.
- Direct Seed: 2" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1"
- Rows Apart: 36-48"
- Support: Trellis, tepee, or fencing