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Buy beans where the turnover is frequent so you won’t end up with old beans. We found the most diverse selection at Whole Foods and other food co-ops, where a pound can cost about $2.50 to $4. The ethnic food aisle at grocery store chains also offered a decent selection with prices between 99 cents and $1.89 a pound.
Heirloom bean sellers like Sando’s Rancho Gordo guarantee that the dried beans are fresher. Order online at ranchogordo.com or Zürsun Idaho Heirloom Beans (zursunbeans.com). One interesting tidbit from Sando: His business was up almost 35 percent last year. “In this economy, that’s wild,” said Sando, whose beans sell for a premium at $5.50 for a pound. It appears dried heirloom beans may be becoming more mainstream.
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