Locally Grown Heirloom Beans (Arugula's Star Farm)

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Locally Grown Heirloom Beans (Arugula's Star Farm)

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Such a special treat to have locally grown heirloom beans! These Carolina Red Pole Limas are grown using organic & biodynamic growing practices at Arugula's Star Farm in Leiper's Fork. They have been shelled by hand with much care and are ready for your winter soups and stews. They cook quickly (less than an hour if soaked overnight or during the day while at work!) and are sold by the pound. A few details about this special variety:

Lima beans are among the oldest documented New World vegetables, traceable back to at least 5,000 B.C. in Peru.  According to reports from Spaniards who first occupied Peru, lima beans were only eaten by the Incas and other Indian elite. The rest of society consumed common beans. Small-seeded varieties of the lima were also known in Mexico during pre-Columbian times, yet there is not much evidence that lima beans had spread northward to American Indians beyond the Southwest until introduced by European settlers. Mottled forms are known to have grown in Florida around old Indian sites, but may have been introduced through early contact with the Spanish. The Spanish and Portuguese were largely responsible for disseminating the lima bean to other parts of the world. Our English word for it, which refers to the Peruvian capital of Lima, more or less confirms the South American origin of the seed first studied by European botanists. Some of the old German herbals called it Mondbohne or “moon bean” in reference to the quarter-moon shape of the seed pod. The moon still figures in the species name lunatus, “moon-shaped.”

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