Lima beans are flat, greenish white kidney-shaped beans with a mild flavor and a soft texture. They are sold fresh in the shell, or shelled and dried or frozen. Baby lima beans are also available.
To shell fresh lima beans:
Break the stem and pull down to remove the string and open the pod. Run a finger along the inside of the pod to pop out the beans.For other bean varieties, see adzuki, borlotti, cannellini, cranberry, fava, flageolet, Great Northern, green, Italian green, kidney, pinto, red, white (navy), and yellow wax beans and chickpeas, green lentils, and lentils.