Heirloom Beans From Rancho Gordo • $5.50/pound • Rancho Gordo A few times a year I place a big order for beans from Rancho Gordo, a purveyor of heirloom beans, dried corn, chiles, dried herbs, grains and rice. The box arrives and my pantry feels complete. Yes, these beans are that exciting. Three reasons to buy Rancho Gordo beans: 1) the beans require minimal soaking and less cooking time than commercial hybrids because they are fresher ... continued below 2) they have an outstanding selection of beans all with beautiful stories attached, 3) all the beans are rare indigenous varieties, so your purchase helps support genetic diversity for this globally significant crop. The beans pictured above are Good Mother Stallards. They have a dense texture and deep flavor. I like them because they're also just darn pretty. When was the last time you met a pretty bean?