The number of varieties of beans grown in the Lowcountry is mind-boggling. Many of the local varieties are hard to find outside the area. Hayes Food Products in Greenville, South Carolina, packages more than a dozen varieties. Your natural foods store is, again, your best bet. Phipps Ranch, a country store that specializes in dried heirloom beans, has the best variety I’ve seen (www.phippscountry.com).

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