The lima beans came from the City Market the next day. I have seldom seen limas in the shell, and despite my lifelong aversion to them from the frozen mixed vegetables bag, I bought a pound, which was just enough for three (or two lima bean lovers). I shelled them, put them in boiling water, brought them back up to a boil for a couple of minutes, then turned off the heat as I prepared the rest of lunch. They were very tender, and the texture somewhat improved over the frozen, but still... I'd rather have favas.