WHAT ARE THEY
Butter beans are a vastly under-appreciated legume that are high fiber and really compliment whatever they’re added to well. Butter bean is the more Southern-American name for them, which sells far better than lima bean, that, like mimes, got a bad rep over the decades as the vegetable kids hate in Hollywood.
- Fat-free, cholesterol-free
- Naturally gluten-free
- 5g of protein, 5g of fiber
Creamy and delicate beans with a buttery taste, pre-made Bush’s are very simply prepared, with dextrose a light sweetening with easy-to-digest glucose, as its only noteworthy additive that’s pretty inoffensive. Some of our pantry has to be non-refrigerated, so canned beans are a valuable item to stock because of their great range in so many foods.
- Sauteed with bacon or ham
- Tomato and garlic
- With mint and lemon
A FEW RIFFS
- Ragoût Thiam – A Senegalese-Italian-French fusion of mint & peanut-infused meatballs in a tomato-okra sauce.
- Beans N’ Bowties – A pasta dish with farfalle, butter beans cooked with pancetta, white wine, garlic, and finished with a bit of EVOO olive oil and fresh herbs
- Butter bean “butter” – A pureé thickened, chilled, and spread on bread
- Butter bean-queso dip
- Smoked octopus w/ butter bean mash
- Lima bean
- Sieva bean
- Madagascar bean
Lots of companies out there make butter beans. Bush’s, routinely, produces a higher grade product, both in the choice of their beans, and their simple, solid preparation. The quality stands out, making this one of my few five-diamond award winners.