20 Big Ones
Let all your bean dreams come true! Or make them come true for a deserving friend. Twenty big pounds of our best heirloom beans.Finally, a suitable gift for the Bean Freak (and we use the term with love and affection) or the Rancho Gordo fan on your holiday shopping list: 20 pounds of our best beans (plus a special surprise)! Imagine all the fine meals that can be made with all those legumes and maybe if you play your cards right, you’ll be invited to partake in the bounty. You can imagine the smiles as your recipient looks into the pantry and sees all these bags of Rancho Gordo heirloom beans smiling back, waiting for that moment of inspiration. And it’s all thanks to you! Of course, if you deserve 20 Big Ones in your life and order the box for yourself, we won't tell.
Each box contains:
Classic Alubia beans are one of our more requested items. Small white European-style beans, you can use them in all kinds of cooking, from Mexican to Tuscan to even classic Yankee baked beans. My favorite thing to do with these delicate legumes is top off a piece of grilled Tuscan bread, drizzled with fruity, green olive oil, chopped sage and grated dry cheese, making an Italian “beans on toast.”
This thick-skinned runner bean, produced in Mexico, is pretty and very large. It's starchy but goes from dense to creamy with continued cooking.
Small, dense yet velvety bean that holds its shape and provides a rich bean broth. Easily one of the staff’s favorite beans. Also known as Yellow Indian Woman bean.
A rich chestnut texture and an almost nutty flavor make this the most unusual Lima bean. A true revelation for those who believe they don't like Limas.
Versatile and velvety, this thin-skinned Borlotti bean produces a rich, indulgent bean broth, making it perfect for classic Italian dishes as well as simple pot beans.
A small, mild yet dense, heirloom bean, begging to be put to work as red beans and rice, chili con carne or a wonderful ingredient in your summer salad. The bean is classic, and one of the reasons aficionados insist on good red beans for their red beans and rice is the bean broth. A good red bean will produce a sauce that coats every grain of rice and Domingo Rojo is that bean!
French-Style Green Lentil
Small, dense green lentils hold their shape for salads and more. West Coast-grown for our own unique terroir. These lentils are very similar to lentilles du Puy, which must be grown in France. We think our West Coast terroir adds to the flavor.
Garbanzo (2 bags)
Not a true “new world” bean but we love them so much that we make this one of our California crops. Obviously they’re classic for hummus and as a key ingredient in a green salad, but they’re great in soups, too.
Large White Lima
Large, new-crop, fast cooking Lima beans with classic Lima bean taste and texture.
From heirloom Italian seed, this thin-skinned cannellini is named after Italian cooking hero Marcella Hazan, who encouraged our growing it. A delicate tribute to a mighty force of nature. Note: Even though these beans are small, you should take your time and gently allow them to fully cook. They are edible quite soon after you start but the real creaminess comes with time and low, slow and gentle heat. The skins are almost not there, which means you can love them too much by constantly stirring them, and they will start to fall apart.
A classic bean from Peru, the Mayocoba is also known as Canario or Peruano. It’s a small but meaty thin-skinned bean that will take on all the flavors you can throw at it but still hold its shape. Great as a substitute for Cannellini or Great Northern beans but unique in its own right.
Midnight Black (2 bags)
Midnight is a true black turtle bean with a rich, traditional black bean flavor and texture that is more in the kidney family. Use them in any recipe calling for black or turtle beans or just enjoy them on their own. Black bean soup with a dollop of sour cream is one of life's better pleasures.
The poor pinto doesn’t get the respect it deserves. With all of its glamorous cousins hanging around, it’s hard to grab a little of the spotlight, until someone wisely cooks them up. If you’ve been served supermarket pintos all your life, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Santa Maria Pinquito
The small, dense orbs produce a beefy bean broth. An essential part of California cuisine, they are the heart of a tri-tip barbecue and yet they’re perfectly at home in meatless meals.
Big, beefy runner bean with gorgeous markings. Cooks from starchy to creamy and is a constant chef’s favorite.
A really lovely cousin to the Anasazi bean, Vaquero have intriguing black and white markings, not unlike an appaloosa horse might don. A classic chili bean that holds its shape through long, slow, cooking and exudes a generous, dark, rich broth. We also enjoy them as a classic charro bean, cooked simply and then finished with bacon, tomatoes and maybe a little stale beer.
Yellow Eye (2 bags)
Unlike Navy beans, which have a slightly gummy, baby food texture, Yellow Eyes are dense, creamy and delicious. You can have them on their own or use them with a smoked ham hock; they’re also excellent for simple vegetarian soups.
BONUS GIFT: Stardust Dipping Powder
An addictive chile-lime mix for dusting fresh fruit, popcorn and even the rims of cocktail glasses.
We can send a gift card if you like and all orders will include a description sheet.
Not available for shipping to Canada.