Lima beans had an infamous reputation when I was growing up. One of my siblings hated them more than pretty much anything. (My personal nemesis was Spam, a delicacy I still can’t stand the smell of.) Even now, although her tastes have widened considerably, she still doesn’t think much of limas.

I happen to like them though. And I recently discovered an heirloom variety, Christmas Limas, that are big, buttery and beautiful. They are marbled red-brown and white, and...

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