Christmas Lima Bean, that is! Called 'Christmas' for its lovely red and white markings, this is a prolific lima bean. It needs a sturdy trellis to climb on and produces gobs of nice thick pods (like the one shown) with three or more beans per pod. I believe these seeds came from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
Lima beans can be enjoyed as a fresh 'shelly' bean (you shell the beans from the green pod while they are still soft) or you can dry them on the plant (until the pod is thoroughly brown and dry) and save them until winter when you would revive them in water just like a dried soup bean.
Dried beans of all kinds are easy to store and can provide a household with a good deal of homegrown protein. They come in a myriad of different shapes and sizes and flavors! I will grow a LOT more next summer, and I will especially include a lot more 'Christmas' lima beans
Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving - if you are in the LA area and looking for a place to go, please come by The Learning Garden 11 AM to 2 PM for our potluck Thanksgiving hosting the Program for Torture Victims. This is one of West LA's best community events this time of year held on the patio of The Learning Garden on the campus of Venice High School, Walgrove Avenue and Venice Boulevard, 90066.
God bless us, one and all, and I pray your Thanksgiving is one of wonder and blessed with the bounty of the earth!