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Lima Bean in TCM:Explore the properties of Lima Bean according to Chinese
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In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Lima beans (also known as butter beans) are known for their ability to tonify yin.
In general the ancient texts cite that they enter the Lung and Liver. Like all legumes listed in the beans category, the flavor of Lima beans (butter beans) is sweet, and they are considered to be cool in temperature.
Like many beans, butter beans are toxic if not boiled for 10-15 minutes. In one case all the people who ate falafel made with dried butter beans (rather than traditional broad beans or chickpeas) that had been soaked but not boiled, then ground, made into patties, and shallow fried, had serious food poisoning