Today I picked enough limas in the green shell stage for a taste test. Green shell is when the pods were still turgid but had changed to a lighter color. They were mature. If I left them on the vine, the next step would have been for the pods to dry down. I'll try cooking the beans tonight and see how they are.
|Three beans in each pod. Some pods have more.|
These beans are very pretty. So I might continue to grow them simply because they are beautiful. A crazy reason I know, but what the heck.
I plan to allow enough beans to mature for seed saving, perhaps a pound. Then we will eat the rest. A pound of lima beans is more seed than I need, but I plan to share some with a friend living in a hotter area. I'm curious if she would be more successful than I in growing them outdoors.
Oh, I forgot to mention. These are Succotash Limas that I got from Baker Creek seed company.