ranchoOK, so this may sound weird, but I am in a bit of a bean phase these days. So you imagine how thrilled I was to come across the amazing Heirloom Bean collection from the fine folks at Rancho Gordo.

About the Heirloom Beans from Rancho Gordo: “Heirloom Beans are open-pollinated seeds that can be planted and you’ll get the exact same bean. They tend to have a lower yield and can be much more difficult to grow but the pay off is in the unique flavors and textures that you don’t find with bland commodity beans.”

I am going to try Rancho Gordo’s Sangre de Toro Bean: “Here is a classic red bean from the heart of Mexico. Whether it’s New Orleans red beans and rice, chili or just a bowl of beans, we think Sangre de Toro (or “Bull’s Blood”) is a tremendous bean. We expected them to be popular but we had no idea we’d have so much trouble keeping them in stock. The bean broth is really good and is almost like a sauce, coating each grain of rice when you make a classic New Orleans Red Beans and Rice. We don’t even think the traditional Andouille sausage is the star of this dish when you use a superior bean like Sangre de Toro.”

Who said there is not variety to rice and beans, beans and rice?

Find the entire Heirloom Bean collection from Rancho Gordo here.

Learn more about Rancho Gordo here.