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Old 05-02-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I grew up in Georgia, and one of my favorite vegetables is the butter bean.

Now to me, the butter bean is a small flat bean, pale green when raw, and still green when cooked. I do not care for the speckled variety.

My mother cooked them with salt, a pinch of sugar, and streak o' lean (AKA fat back) for about two hours. This produced a firm bean in a golden pot likker that contained tiny fat globules.

Now, when I buy so-called butter beans, they cook up mushy and the pot likker is cloudy. It is definitely not the same. I think I am being sold baby limas instead of butter beans.

So, does anyone know where in GA I can get some REAL butter beans this summer? Alas, I have no place to plant my own.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:40 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Have you tried the Georgia forum?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I will try the GA forum, too.

And, by the way, I am looking for fresh beans, not canned or frozen.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I would think any decent farmers market would have them.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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Try looking for Fordhook beans or Fordhook lima beans.

It took me a minute to decipher "pot likker".
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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I grew up in Georgia, and one of my favorite vegetables is the butter bean.

Now to me, the butter bean is a small flat bean, pale green when raw, and still green when cooked. I do not care for the speckled variety.

My mother cooked them with salt, a pinch of sugar, and streak o' lean (AKA fat back) for about two hours. This produced a firm bean in a golden pot likker that contained tiny fat globules.

Now, when I buy so-called butter beans, they cook up mushy and the pot likker is cloudy. It is definitely not the same. I think I am being sold baby limas instead of butter beans.

So, does anyone know where in GA I can get some REAL butter beans this summer? Alas, I have no place to plant my own.
Lima beans and butter beans are the same thing. A lima bean is picked when its still green and a butter bean is picked after fully developed.

If you like the green ones then you are eating lima beans. If you like the white ones then you are eating butter beans.

busta
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Try looking for Fordhook beans or Fordhook lima beans.

It took me a minute to decipher "pot likker".
Actually, a butter bean is this type of lima bean, not a Fordhook.

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Old 05-03-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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I used to love watching that guy box. Also on the tough guy fights.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Lima beans and butter beans are the same thing. A lima bean is picked when its still green and a butter bean is picked after fully developed.

If you like the green ones then you are eating lima beans. If you like the white ones then you are eating butter beans.

busta
I have run across this definition in the process of looking elsewhere on the internet.

What I know as "butter beans" are small, and "white" butterbeans are pale green when raw and slightly darker green when cooked. They were sold in stores and farmer's markets as butterbeans, not limas.

The last few times I bought them, frozen, they were labeled butterbeans, but they did not cook the same or taste the same. They seemed to be limas rather than the butterbean I am looking for.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Try looking for Fordhook beans or Fordhook lima beans.
Nope, that's not what I know as a butterbean.

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It took me a minute to decipher "pot likker".

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