Pallar, known in English as Lima Beans or Butter Beans, are native to Central and South America. Big seeded varieties known as "Big Lima" were domesticated in the Peruvian Andean Mountains since ancient times. The pods contain oval to kidney shaped seeds.
Immature beans are green, once mature creamy-white beans are common, although certain varieties feature colors such as green, red, purple, brown or black.
Lima beans are a good source of dietary fiber, and a virtually fat-free source of high quality protein. Traditionally they have numerous uses in the local cuisine. Lima Beans are added to stews, soups, salads and the famous Pachamanca.