Are Lima Beans And Butter Beans The Same Thing. They do not only have asimilar body but they are the same thing. Butter beans are the large beans limas are smaller and there is a difference in taste as any Southerner will tell you.
The butter beans we grow and eat in the South are not even available in the North- But they do exist down here. Alicia Whidden a fruit and vegetable horticultural agent in Hillsborough County was out of the office but responded with a helpful note. In the South lima beans are often called butter beans and in the UK they almost exclusively refer to them as butter beans.
Dried lima beans that are more flat and yellowish than the common rounded and green variety are often called butter beans in Southern States.
Yes Lima beans and butter beans are exactly the same. The butter beans we grow and eat in the South are not even available in the North- But they do exist down here. Butter beans lima beans dried lima beans large limas pocketbook beans mule ears the list goes on and on. They are the different names for beans produced from a plant that has a scientific name Phaseolus lunatus.