Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb
Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb
Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb
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Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb
Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb
Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb

Rancho Gordo Christmas Lima Bean - 1lb

$8.00

A rich chestnut texture and an almost nutty flavor make this the most unusual Lima bean. A true revelation for those who believe they don't like Limas.


Christmas Limas are an intriguing variation on the traditional Lima. In Italy, you'll find them as Fagioli del Papa or "Pope's beans." Also known stateside as "Chestnut Lima" and sometimes even "Calico" beans. Whatever you call them, they've done a great deal to help fix the bad reputation of traditional Lima beans.

A true Lima bean, originally from Peru (hence Lima), this gorgeous bean has all the "meat" of Limas, but with a chestnut texture. They're big and bold and can stand up to a chile sauce or curry or simply be enjoyed with a drizzle of olive oil and a few grates of dry goat cheese. One of my most successful inventions was cooked Christmas Limas in a gorgonzola sauce. I still swoon a little when I think about this dish!

If you grew up thinking you hated Limas, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

This is one of those beans that would be great with tons of garlic and sautéed wild mushrooms!

Suggestions: Pot beans, salads, soups, casseroles, chili, curry
Ingredients: Christmas Luna Bean

16oz bag

Steve Sando founded Rancho Gordo on the idea that saving our New World foods is a critical pursuit; passion for heirloom beans has made this business a huge success. Sando’s beans are sought after by famous chefs like Thomas Keller and he’s frequently profiled in publications such as Bon Appetit, Saveur, and the New York TimesIn reintroducing the best of the New World heirloom beans, Sando has created a sensation, and food-lovers everywhere will relish transforming this humble staple into a celebrated delicacy.

Photos by Steve Sando


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