Oct 18, 2011, 2:25 PM
jerezano, You're correct, since true Haba "beans" really aren't beans at all, they are the seeds of the Haba plant, which is from a totally different family and, contrary to real beans, all of which originated in the Americas, Habas originated in the Mediterranean area.
That said, true lima beans ARE sold in México, at least in some parts of México, and they ARE labeled Habas, at least in the northwest where I live. I have cooked them any number of times, and I guarantee you, what I cooked were Lima beans, NOT Habas. They may be what you are seeing called Alubias, but in my case the ones I have cooked were definitely Lima beans, color, flavor, cooked consistency and all. I've not checked out the smaller white beans that look like Navy beans, as Navy beans weren't something I grew up with or cooked myself NOB. In my family NOB, Lima beans and Pinto beans were the only ones we ever cooked.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Oct 18, 2011, 2:26 PM)