Peak season: June to September
Health benefits: Lima beans have more minerals than a quarry. Calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus — you name it, these large legumes are a great way to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Ways to enjoy: Striking fear into the hearts of children for generations, lima beans have gotten an unfair reputation over the years for being, well, yucky. In fact, lima beans have a rich, creamy flavor and a smooth, buttery texture — they don’t call them butter beans for nothing. They’re great in soups and stews, made into a zesty salad with lemon and garlic, or baked into gigantes plaki, a delicious Greek casserole made with tomatoes, onions and parsley.