National Lima Bean Day

Close-up of a bowl filled with delicious and nutritious lima beans, garnished with fresh herbs, in a rustic kitchen setting..
National lima bean day illustration

Welcome to the fascinating world of lima beans! Get ready to dive into the intriguing history and celebration of National Lima Bean Day. Prepare for a wild ride through the internet's love affair with these little green legumes. So strap on your apron and let's get cooking!

When is Lima Bean Day?

It's national lima bean day on the 20th April.

The Origins of National Lima Bean Day

Have you ever wondered who came up with the idea of dedicating a day to lima beans? Well, wonder no more! National Lima Bean Day can be traced back to a group of lima bean enthusiasts who wanted to spread the love for these underrated legumes. They believed that lima beans deserved recognition for their unique texture and delicious flavor. And so, on the 20th of April 2016, the world celebrated the first-ever National Lima Bean Day.

How the Internet Celebrates

Since its inception, National Lima Bean Day has gained quite a following on the internet. From mouthwatering recipes to fun facts about lima beans, the online lima bean community has it all. Social media platforms explode with lima bean-related content, with users sharing their favorite lima bean dishes and creative ways to incorporate these versatile legumes into everyday meals. The lima bean memes are a particularly delightful treat for internet-goers.

A Wholesome Celebration of Lima Beans

On National Lima Bean Day, people gather with their loved ones to enjoy lima bean-centric meals. It's a day filled with laughter, good food, and plenty of lima bean puns. From lima bean casseroles to lima bean soups, the possibilities are endless! Sports enthusiasts even organize lima bean-based challenges, pushing the limits of limb agility in honor of these marvelous legumes. National Lima Bean Day is truly a celebration of everything that makes us cherish these tiny green gems.

History behind the term 'Lima Bean'

7000 BCE

Ancient Origins

Lima beans, also known as Phaseolus lunatus, have a long history dating back to 7000 BCE. Native to South and Central America, they were first grown by the indigenous people of Peru. The beans were a staple food in their diets due to their high protein and nutrient content.

1500s CE

Discovery by Spanish Explorers

During the 1500s, Spanish explorers encountered lima beans during their conquest of the Americas. They were fascinated by these large, flat beans with their distinctive creamy texture and delicate flavor. Recognizing their potential as a valuable food source, the Spanish brought lima beans back to Europe.

1800s CE

Introduction to the United States

In the early 1800s, lima beans made their way to the United States. They were initially cultivated in the southern states where the climate was suitable for their growth. However, it wasn't until the mid-1800s that lima beans gained widespread popularity as a vegetable crop in the US.

1890 CE

The Name 'Lima Bean'

The term 'lima bean' itself originated from the capital city of Peru, Lima. As the beans were first discovered and cultivated by the indigenous people of Peru, they became associated with the region. Over time, 'lima' was added to the name to signify their origin, distinguishing them from other types of beans.

20th Century

Culinary Popularity and Varieties

Throughout the 20th century, lima beans became a favorite ingredient in various cuisines around the world. They are commonly used in soups, stews, salads, and side dishes. Over time, different varieties of lima beans were developed, including both bush and pole varieties, with different colors, sizes, and flavors.

Did you know?

Did you know that lima beans are not actually beans? They belong to the legume family and are considered a seed. So, the next time someone tells you to 'spill the beans,' you can impress them with your knowledge that lima beans aren't beans at all!


food fun loved ones

First identified

20th April 2015

Most mentioned on

20th April 2016

Total mentions


Other days


Biscuit Day

cheese lovers

Cheese Lovers Day

cheese pizza

Cheese Pizza Day


Agriculture Day


Bacon Day

medal of honor

Medal Of Honor Day


Pumpkin Day


Foundation Day


Guac Day

drink a beer

Drink A Beer Day