Raw lima beans contain cyanide when raw, which deactivates during the cooking process. Only the lowest cyanide level varieties of lima beans are available in the U.S. The Lima bean is believed to have originated in Peru or Guatemala. It is named after Lima City, Peru.
- high in manganese, which is important for energy production
- great source of low calorie, virtually fat free iron
- great for those with sulfite sensitivities
- high in folate, helping lower stroke and heart attack risk