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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Silent Movies Made in Montecito


You don't know beans!


Did you know that lima beans have a Mesa history? Mesa farmer Jonathan Mayhew is said to have introduced lima beans to Santa Barbara in 1867. He had grown them in the Bay Area and brought some with him when he moved to the Mesa. He gave some to a Mesa neighbor to plant, but the neighbor liked them so much, he cooked them and ate them all.


Although pronounced LIME-uh beans today, the beans were named for LEEM-uh (Lima), Peru. Lima beans are native to Central America and northern South America.


(The above is an excerpt from MESApedia - The Early Years of Santa Barbara's Mesa.)

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