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Doc Martin Lima Beans...?

CindyJ Aug 21, 2008 05:51 PM

I must admit, when it comes to lima beans, I know absolutely nothing. I can't recall having ever cooked them; they've always seemed so bland and uninteresting that I've never even explored their potential.

But the local produce farm has a sign outside announcing that Doc Martin Lima Beans are in, and I'm wondering why the announcement? And last night, while dining at a local bistro, I noticed that Doc Martins were a featured ingredient in a dish called "Succotash 'Cannelloni'". So now I'm curious -- is there something special about these beans that I ought to know about? What's the deal with these lima beans? Should I try them? And how should I prepare them if I do buy them? Please -- educate me. Thanks.

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    mcjane Sep 1, 2008 05:03 PM

    I was introduced to Doc Martins 15 years ago & ever since cannot wait until near the end of Summer when they are available. Unlike most vegetables the bigger they are the better they taste. As for serving them I like the taste so much I only cook them is a little lightly salted water & would not consider adding anything else. If I'm using a recipe where lima beans were included I would use ordinary limas & never Doc Martins. To me that would be like mixing an expensive scotch with ginger ale.
    Should you try them. absolutely.

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    1. re: mcjane
      alkapal Sep 1, 2008 05:45 PM

      mcjane, could you please describe the flavor or compare with regular baby limas?

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      archstreet Aug 25, 2008 12:41 PM

      You may want to consult this book for more information on these beans:
      Weaver, William Woys, Heirloom vegetable gardening: a master gardener's guide to planting, growing, seed saving, and cultural history
      http://pacscl.exlibrisgroup.com:8993/F/LYL8Q3QJ6Y7YJACI8MC2996AXJYP4QNRJ47N4KY9BU4UDDV463-22039?func=full-set-set&set_number=092356&set_entry=000001&format=999

      This site may be helpful to you as well:
      http://www.backyardgardener.com/plant...

      1. alkapal Aug 22, 2008 06:53 AM

        this says they are larger and easier to shell than most limas. "dr. martin" is the name of the cultivar: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/4...

        1. alkapal Aug 22, 2008 06:45 AM

          i'm not familiar with doc martin lima beans. i make baby limas by rendering some good bacon, chopped up, then adding the limas with just enough water to barely cover. season with salt and pepper. cover and simmer for a while (maybe 10 minutes), then add some milk (1/4 cup or so), finish cooking till tender. add a tablespoon or less of good sweet butter. let it melt, then serve, preferably with some good, non-sweet crusty cornbread to dip in the pot liquor. that's good eatin', my friend!

          or, if you want more variety, here's a ton of appetizing recipes: http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searc...

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