Which Varieties of Heirloom Dried Beans Are the Best?

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Q: I’ve heard a lot of people mention Rancho Gordo, and I’d like to give them a try! There are so many different kinds of beans on their website. Which beans would be best for a beginner at cooking beans from scratch? I’m willing to try any kind.

Sent by Elizabeth

Editor: Personally, I’m a huge fan of Good Mother Stallard. Those beans changed my whole relationship with legumes!

Readers, what are your favorite beans?