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Rio Zape bean - Rancho Gordo, Heirloom beans
Rio Zape, a small purple bean with black marketings - Rancho Gordo, Heirloom beans
Cooked Rio Zape Bean
Rio Zape bean - Rancho Gordo, Heirloom beans
Casserole dish topped with melted cheese - Rancho Gordo, Heirloom beans

Rio Zape Bean

Regular price $ 7.25

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The classic heirloom bean that inspired the birth of Rancho Gordo. Suggestions of chocolate and coffee make this pinto-family rarity one of our favorite and most requested beans.

This is the bean that started the whole thing! Steve was eating a bowl of simply cooked Rio Zapes and they blew his mind. He remembers: "The flavor was reminiscent of Pintos but there was so much more going on. I could detect traces of coffee and chocolate and the velvety texture was like nothing else. I was sold on heirloom varieties after just one bite."

In 1935, Rio Zape beans (also known as Hopi String beans), were found in the Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings of the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. Then, in the 1960s, archaeologists found them in the excavation of a sealed tomb in Rio Zape, Durango, Mexico. It's believed that the beans were sealed in the tomb around 600 AD. A beautiful bean with a mysterious history!

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Similar to

San Franciscano, Pinto, Good Mother Stallard

Latin name

Phaseolus vulgaris

Country of origin


"My stash of heirloom dried beans from Rancho Gordo practically begs to be cooked. "

Jeanmarie Brownson
Chicago Tribune

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