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Apr 26, 2010 11:17 AM

Dried beans?

Where can I find a wide variety of dried beans in the DC metro area (MD preferably)?

Most places sell dried beans in plastic bag-like containers and they only sell the usual kinds (black, kidney, chick pea, butter). I am looking for loose beans that are more exotic- heirloom, cranberry, and stuff like that....

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  1. I think you can get dried beans in bulk at My Organic Market.

    My Organic Market
    11711 Parklawn Dr, B Rockville, MD

    1. Aphrodite Greek Imports in Falls Church (near Bailey's Crossroads) has a good selection of greek and middle eastern type beans and lentils, but it might be a little far for you. I don't think they have heirloom varieties or anything like that.

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      1. re: ajl_arlington

        Thanks to both of you! I will check out MOMs today and Aphrodite this weekend when I can get to VA. It is a little far, but if I stock up and just go every once in awhile it should not be a big deal ;)

      2. If you're looking for more exotic beans, I think your best bet would be to order them from Rancho Gordo instead of looking for them in stores.

        I've been very happy with the quality and variety of the beans. They're not cheap though, averaging about $5/lb.

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        1. re: OldSchool

          I can 2nd ranchogordo for quantity and quality when the beans actually cooked. For some reason I couldn't get all of the beans in a batch to cook, some where left still too al dente if i may. Any suggestions. Tried cooking the hell out of them and soaking overnight.