*How I Prefer Limas*
21 August 2014
It would seem like it is easy to say to pick lima beans when they are "plump, but not over full"; but, sometimes it's hard to tell. If I am unsure of whether the plumpness means the beans are the right size or that the pod itself is plump, I try to hold them up to the light to see the seed inside without picking the pod.
I like to pick the limas when they are still on the small side, even though it reduces yield, because they are mealy when they are fully mature.
I still find that I pick several pods each time that are empty.
So, I had a few minutes and decided to see if I could get pictures of the beans on the bush while checking for maturity. I like to pick limas when there is a little space between the beans. This is not necessary. It's a personal preference.
These beans are larger and therefore there is more yield. As I said above, it is personal preference and either is appropriate. I have to admit that when I cook the beans that are fully mature like the ones below they are not as good as the younger ones.... but my mother is a better cook than I am and her lima beans are always perfect.
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