Heirloom Midnight Black BeansMADE BY RANCHO GORDO IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA
These heirloom beans are true black turtle beans: super creamy, toothsome, meaty, with a thin, dark-as-midnight skin.
Rancho Gordo founder Steve Sando got started in California when he just couldn’t find the quality produce and ingredients he needed for a solid home-cooked meal – even the grocery store only offered one kind of tomato, from Holland! So he started growing Mexican tomatoes, and then moved on to beans, which were a little unpopular at the time. Ultimately, his crop just couldn’t compare to the family farmers' south of the border, so he turned to them for a steady supply. Once his high-quality heirloom beans got noticed by famous chef Thomas Keller, of French Laundry fame, the business boomed.
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Most dry beans can be soaked before cooking to reduce cooking time. These particular beans are incredibly colorful and impart a rich hue and super savory flavor to the water, creating a delicious “bean broth”, or pot liquor, which we love to fold back into rice to retain that flavor and color.
Steve likes to enjoy the beans and their pot liquor straight, but also suggests tossing beans into a green salad and using leftover broth to poach eggs. ¡Cuanto le gusta!