Butter beans are kidney-shaped and are usually cream or green in color, although there are varieties that are red, purple, brown, black, or white. The fresh butter beans may be hard to find, but dried and canned Boiled Butter Beans are available year-round.
Canned Butter Beans make a hearty addition to soups and are often combined with corn to make succotash. When eaten with a whole grain such as whole-wheat pasta or brown rice, Butter Beans offer as much protein like meat and dairy foods, with far fewer calories.
- Many of the recipes make use of the nutritional value of butter beans.
- Butter beans are a good source of trace minerals of manganese.