beans make up a pretty big part of the diet here... though the exact preferences vary throughout the country. often they are cooked fresh, like these, rather than dried first. i am constantly seeing new colors and patterns of beans... red, pinks, marbled, grass green, grey, zebra stripes, purple, black, polka dot, yellow, orange... literally a rainbow of beans in every market. sometimes sorted by type, other times all thrown together like this. pretty, right?