My husband loves Lima Beans so thought find old recipe for them. This recipe from "The Kentucky Housewife" by Lettice Bryan, 1839. Lima Beans., removed from shells. These beans are very fine, and should be full grown, but quite tender. Having shelled them, rinse them in cold water and boil them till soft, throwing in a small handful of salt; drain and serve them, and pat over them pepper and melted butter.