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Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus): heirloom variety of giant bean, its origins are most likely Andean. The plant has a climbing habit, does very well in the heat, it is very vigorous and productive, the transplant should be in May for the North, and April for the South.
It requires support when reaching 2.50 mt high. The numerous pods will provide beautiful beans, large and flat as a coin (reason why they're also called “Fagioli del Papa” or “Moneta del Papa”). It is very popular, especially in Southern Italy, where it is used to protect other vegetables from the sun, such as large tomatoes. It is also useful to separate tomato varieties, since a row of Lima beans interrupts the aerial path of pollinators , hence the possibility of hybridization between two varieties greatly decreases. They have a high content of fiber which makes them very healthy. About 1 kg of beans per plant.