During the course of writing this story, I sampled a variety of heirloom beans and loved them! I am a true convert and will not be buying any more cans or grocery store bags of beans. The difference in quality is evident in every bite, but the most revelatory moment for me came when tasting the water in which the beans were cooked. Every time the water was as flavorful as if I had spent hours making soup, though I added nothing but a bit of salt at the end of the cooking process. Sometimes it tasted smokey or earthy, other times buttery, but it was always luscious.
Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think!