May 8, 2016
What an awesome time we had today shelling Lima Beans! 😀
I’ve never had or seen fresh Lima beans before.
Yesterday, the man we bought them from was carrying them on the back of his motorcycle. As he passed us, driving down the dirt lane to our house… he was shouting “Habichuelas! Habichuelas! Habichuelas! “
I had no absolutely no idea what he was saying or selling.. but, we stopped him anyway. It’s always fun to see what these street sellers are hiding in their buckets. At first I hoped they were peas, but quickly realized they were something else: baby Lima beans!
I particularly enjoyed these moments, as it was reminiscent of days from my own childhood.. when we would spend the mornings shelling peas on the back step.
We all enjoyed a breezy morning sitting outside at the table, practicing counting the beans in Spanish and being enlightened by our daughter’s accurate and in-depth explanation of how to make a compost pile, using the shells of the beans!
We enjoyed a portion of the lima beans, cooked Italian style with tomatoes, garlic, onion, and oregano. I poured them over our favorite veggie based noodles and served them as a side with grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts.
*Spanish Tip: Habichuelas = Beans