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Dry, colorful, and jumbo-sized Christmas lima beans.
Christmas Lima Beans Price Qty
1 lb retail bag Price per oz $0.809
5 lb bulk bag Price per oz $0.562
25 lbs bulk box Price per oz $0.473
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Kosher christmas lima beans
christmas lima beans

Jumbo-sized and colorful heirloom lima bean.

  • Often referred to as one of the speckled butter beans types.
  • This bean variety dates back to the 1840's.
  • These are whole, dry, Christmas lima beans.
  • Each Christmas lima bean measures 3/4 to 1 inch long dry, cooks to a larger size, and features big splashes of maroon streaking across a cream-colored background.
  • Flavor: Chestnut-like.
  • Nutrition summary: Excellent source of fiber and a good source of iron.
  • Certified Kosher by Blue Ribbon Kosher. See the North Bay Kosher List.
  • Not for sprouting.

Common uses: These limas add character to bean and other soups, and are often served with rice, pork chops, ribs, and beef.

Packaging: Bagged selections are in resealable poly bags. Bulk box orders use sealed plastic bag inside sturdy cardboard box.

Allergen Information: Processed in a facility that also handles cereal grains, peanuts, tree nuts, and soybeans.

A popular gift item: Use our multiple-address and gifts-messaging features to send these unique heirloom beans to friends and family.

Customer Reviews

Childhood memory review by Karen F

I have been buying these beans from North Bay for a few years and just realized I have not rated them. The first time I saw them, I jumped for joy as I had been trying to find them for 65 years. The first time I had them was at a friend's house when I was 10 years old. We had been playing hard and it was time for us to go home for lunch. My friend's mother invited me in for lunch and she served these beans with buttered bread. I was trying to be polite and ate only one bowl but I would have eaten the whole pot had I not been concerned about the host's reaction. I loved them. I am 75 now and can still remember the taste of that first bite. I was excited to see them here and have been ordering them regularly. I fix a large pot and store most in pint canning jars in the freezer. I can pull out a jar, defrost and eat with buttered bread or cornbread. A wonderful treat with a side salad. Please keep these in stock. They are delicious.

(Posted on 2/14/2021)

The best of the best beans review by Diane

I love beans so much I could eat a different one at every meal. The Christmas Limas are a special treat. Being a Deep South cook, I add a ham hock, crushed garlic, and some Cajun seasoning to the water. They have become a Thanksgiving favorite, and the nutty flavor really meshes with the turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce.

(Posted on 5/5/2020)

These lima beans are by far the best tasting. review by Sunshine

Easy to grow and freeze.

(Posted on 10/16/2018)

FANTASTIC!! review by Sage

Absolute BEAN flavor. I make them and then cover them in our Vinegar/Oil/Seasoning mix and put them in the fridge.GREAT snack. My favorite.

(Posted on 7/12/2017)

Best beans to use up that ham bone with. review by Marcie

My Husband is not a bean lover but after doing these three times plus bringing them to a potluck he's converted. Cooked Mom style (meaning whatever sounds good with the ham bone) and with molasses they are delicious.

(Posted on 12/7/2016)

Awesome! review by Pat

My new favorite bean! Have the Christmas Lima beans in the slow cooker as we speak and I can hardly wait until dinner. They are so hardy and have held up to a long, slow day in the pot. Not mushy at all. Great taste! Am on here ordering more now.

(Posted on 8/30/2013)

great package of beans review by kathy

I haven't tried these beans yet, but they look fabulous and are really well packaged. Shipping is super fast and the price is great. Look forward to cooking this weekend!

(Posted on 11/21/2012)

HOly cow, these are great! review by Jana

These x-mas lima beans are gorgeous before cooking and after, and so tasty! They have a lightly sweet, chestnutty flavor. I am in love!

(Posted on 11/3/2012)

The whole family loves them. review by Sage

We purchased a small amount of these beans to try and the whole family loved them. They taste nothing like the traditional lima beans. The kids ate them without question.

(Posted on 9/13/2011)

fantastic review by cher

ive ate these christmas lima beans since i was a kid [ im 50 ] they r really hard to find so thankyou so much. i fixed them 4 my dad this wk and he LOVED them it just brings back alot of childhood memories

(Posted on 3/28/2011)

Excellent flavor! review by Mickey

I have used 2 packages of these Christmas Lima beans and given some away to share. Today I cooked (after soaked all night) in fresh water covering lima beans by about 2 inches. Added 1 tsp. granulated chicken soup stock, 2 carrots and 2 stalks celery. Simmered until firm but done.... about 2 hours. Removed celery and carrots. Added 1 tsp Summer Savory and simmered a little while longer to meld flavors. Also 1/2 tsp salt at end of cooking. Fantastic!

(Posted on 1/31/2011)

No Wonder They're Heirlooms! review by JJ2007

Now I understand why these beautiful lima beans have been so treasured for many generations. The robust flavor is nothing like the traditional lima bean taste (which I have always avoided eating). These colorful beauties impart not only a rich and hearty flavor to any soup or stew, but they also provide ample protein and fiber, as well. These beans will be a mainstay item in my pantry, for many years to come.

(Posted on 10/15/2010)

great stuff review by Mary

Just cooked up a pot, they are large Christmas lima beans with a wonderful flavor, slightly nutty tasting.

(Posted on 12/18/2009)

Christmas Limas review by Barb

Beautiful beans with a smooth buttery texture. Very flavorful and a fun visual in any dish.

(Posted on 12/16/2009)

Christmas Lima Beans

Easy to Prepare — a little makes a lot

  • First, sort beans for any foreign matter and then rinse. Some cooks like to do a preliminary soak by soaking beans in water overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  • After optional soaking drain and rinse beans.
  • Next, place beans in a pot, cover with sufficient water, and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, adding water as needed. Simmer time will vary depending on soak time and size of bean.
  • Alternatively, some cooks prefer to use crock pot techniques.
  • Note: As with any supply of dry natural beans, this product may contain small pebbles, so please remember to sort your beans first.

Yield — 1 cup of dry Christmas limas weighs about 1/2 lb and makes about 3 cups of cooked beans.

Storage — Best if used within 24 months. Store tightly sealed in a dry location away from sunlight.

Nutrition Facts

Serv.Size 1/4 cup dry
measure (48g)

Servings Varies

Calories 160
Fat Cal. 0

*Percent Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV* Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 0g 0% Total Carb. 30g 10%
Sat. Fat 0g 0% Fiber 9g 36%
Trans. Fat 0g Sugars 4g
Cholest. 0mg 0% Protein 10g
Sodium 5mg 0%

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