Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.)

  • E. Nwokolo


Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) is still regarded worldwide as a minor crop in spite of its ubiquity, diversity and yield potential. It is cultivated as far north as Canada, as far south as Argentina, and is widespread in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. It is truly a cosmopolitan crop although different varieties are cultivated in these diverse ecological zones. Despite its ubiquity, lima bean production in many countries is so low that its production statistics are combined with other dry beans. In almost all of these countries, very little lima bean enters the international trade in beans, production being primarily for local consumption.


Phytic Acid Lima Bean Protein Efficiency Ratio Sulphur Amino Acid Trypsin Inhibitor Activity 
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