butter bean

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a leguminous plant (Phaseolus lunatus) with large white seeds.

Food

  • The butter-coloured, kidney-shaped seed of the legumes Phaseolus lunatus and P. limensis, grown worldwide in warm climates. May be eaten like broad beans in the country of cultivation but usually ripened and dried for export. Must be boiled for 15 minutes to destroy protease inhibitors.

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