Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rancho Gordo's Heirloom Bean Revolution

Edible Skinny was in San Francisco last week and while there we checked out the foodie haven the Ferry Building Marketplace!

One of the stands that struck our eye was Rancho Gordo’s Heirloom Beans out of Napa, California.   Focusing on “New World Specialty Food” the brand also sells exotic dried chiles, prepared hominy/pozole, extra fancy California wild rice, and new world grains such as quinoa and amaranth.  

Rancho Gordo began as a search for a decent American grown tomato, which lead to growing beans, which lead to growing one heirloom bean (Rio Zape, similar to the pinto bean, founder Steve Sando noted how the heirloom varietal had “hints of chocolate and coffee mixed with an earthy texture that made his head spin") which lead to warehouses full of heirloom beans such as Eye of the Goat, Scarlet Runner Beans, and Mayocoba Beans.

A press darling, Rancho Gordo’s beans been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chow, Sunset, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Country Home, San Francisco Chronicle, and Chile Pepper.

Heirloom Beans 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.  But the result is worth the fuss, for IRL Rancho Gordo’s fans flock to its Ferry Building location!   

The stand even has a tub of “touching beans” coaxing you (“you know you want to!”) to thrust your hands into a half of foot’s depth of heirloom beans and run the rainbow of magic through your fingers!

So here’s to life being delicious and your new world’s always being special!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this really sweet valentine. It seems in life you don't always get to work hard and get rewarded for it, but we've managed to pull it off, with support from people like you.