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  • We grow many varieties of New World products, specializing in heirloom beans. We sell only domestically in the US at this point, via our website (, directly to restaurants and at farmers markets. The older I get, the more I realize I've barely begun to scratch the surface of the things that interest me, so this blog is hardly the last word on anything, just a collection of experiments. If you have questions, more information or corrections, I'd love to hear from you in the "comments" section after each post.
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August 06, 2008


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I may just have to make this soup Sunday, but I have to there a recipe around here also for the pork and purlane stew?

Steven Sando

Mine was from the first Diana Kennedy book. I'll try and dig up one we can use here.


A sweet Hispanic neighbor from 40 years ago in Chicago taught me how to cook this "weed" as a wonderful vegetable side dish. I loved it. It was simple and flavorful. And full of vitamin C. I regret it doesn't grow in this area of Georgia. I would cook it instantly.


From across the Pacific and newly obsessed with beans, I love what you are doing.

We have a similar combination here of mung beans with malabar spinach. Malabar spinach is a bit slimy and in my little garden nibbling tastes similar to purslane.

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