I found growing double beans to be one of the easiest, fun and rewarding experiences.
All you have to do is take a few dried beans and place them separately into a seedling tray filled with good garden soil, water, watch and wait.
After a few days …so sweet the little babies are born. It is so interesting to see how it unwinds and slowly stretches itself as it makes its presence felt.
Thereafter transplant them gently into the ground or bigger container. One plant can bare lots of beans. So remember the more plants - the more beans!
Within days the seedling starts to shoot up and wind its way around going higher and higher. (Important to create a route for the beans to follow – I used string).
As this happens, flowers start to appear which then turn into pods. Each pod has about two to four flat kidney-shaped seeds that we call Lima beans.
Before you know it, you will have beans, beans and more beans!
Double Beans or Lima Beans are high in protein, iron, dietary fibre and other nutrients. They are also low fat, cholesterol and sodium - a protein rich food.
Disadvantage: ‘Gastrointestinal problem’
“The high amount of non-digestible fiber in beans may cause gastrointestinal problems if you aren't used to eating them. Reduce intestinal discomfort by changing the water several times while soaking beans (before cooking). In addition, drink plenty of fluids and get regular physical activity to help your body move your bowels. Gradually adding beans to your diet can also help you avoid unpleasant intestinal effects. If you still experience gas, abdominal cramping or other symptoms after eating beans, consider sprinkling an over-the-counter digestive enzyme on the beans before eating them.”
The seeds are generally cream or green in color, although certain varieties feature colors such as white, red, purple, brown or black.
Sometimes called "butter beans" because of their starchy yet buttery texture, lima beans have a delicate flavor that complements a wide variety of dishes.