Lima beans, sometimes called butter beans, are a flat-shaped, creamy white-colored bean. They have a smooth, creamy, sweet flavor and cook up in 1 to 1-1/2 hours. They are a popular vegetable side-dish and are also added to soups and casseroles. Having a distinct flavor all their own, these beans make a delicious and hearty soup all by themselves. They also go well with rice or cornbread. When cooked, lima beans are quite soft and won’t hold their shape well if roughly handled. Lima beans are different enough from the other beans that they can seem like a nice break from “beans” when eating a large variety of different legumes in the diet.