Rancho Gordo is a fantastic outfit out of Northern California that specializes in growing and harvesting heirloom beans. Click through their online catalog and you'll find funky and colorful types like the Sangre de Toro (looks like a miniature kidney bean), Yellow Eye (like a black-eyed pea, but in vivid yellow), and the gorgeous mottled purple-red Scarlet Runner. Sunday family dinner at my house is usually some version of rice and beans, and I've found these delicious beans need almost no pre-soaking time, since their time from harvest to retail is so short.
Any Rancho Gordo fans out there? What's your favorite bean, and how do you like to cook it?