Tasty Lima Beans in tomato sauce. Leave out the sausage and make it vegetarian. Mr. Manetta explained his theory of why Greek food is so successfully seasoned. The best Greek cooks, he said, treat each major part of a dish separately, then combine it with other parts; they do not season the combined ingredients all at once. Butter beans is the other name for lima beans. There are two common varieties of lima bean — the baby lima bean and the Fordhook — but don't confuse them as the same bean in different stages of development. The Fordhook is larger, lighter in color, and has a stronger taste than the baby lima, but it is not a grown-up baby — it is a separate variety. In the south of the United States, Fordhook lima beans are commonly called butter beans. These larger beans are also known as butter beans in Europe, or Madagascar beans, since most lima beans sold in Europe are grown in Madagascar (or Mauritius). They can also be called calico beans, but that may be only when they're speckled with a bit of purple.