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Island Grown Schools Harvest of the Month: Dried Beans

Just because they're incredibly good for you doesn't mean they're not also delicious: Check out a kid-friendly recipe from Island Grown Schools.

Beans that look drab when dried cook up bursting with color, fragrance, flavor and nutrition. (Photo from Agoura Hills Patch)
Beans that look drab when dried cook up bursting with color, fragrance, flavor and nutrition. (Photo from Agoura Hills Patch)
Dried beans may look drab in the sack, but with a little attention they cook up bursting with color, fragrance, flavor and nutrition.

Island Grown Schools is featuring dried beans as January's Harvest of the Month, and there's a Patch connection, too: Patch editor Louisa Hufstader formerly worked with Rancho Gordo's Steve Sando, who with the support of chefs like Thomas Keller has almost single-handedly brought heirloom beans to the forefront of gourmet cooking in the 21st century.

Check out his lively website and blog at ranchogordo.com to see dozens of old-fashioned varieties of beans with names like Jacob's Cattle, Good Mother Stallard and Snowcap. 

What's your favorite thing to do with dried beans? Tell us in the comments.

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