Dry bean ideas; and a good dual-purpose bean
With limited space for dry beans, and an adventurous spirit...what are some really tasty, unusal heirloom dry bean varieties I might try? I live in "bean country" in Michigan, so I'm not interested in navy, great northern or other more common varieties -- I can get those anywhere from local growers. What are some under-discovered legumous "garden gems" I might try?
Also: I know that some green beans like Black Valentine and Kentucky Wonder can also yield edible dry beans...and that some dry beans, like adzukis and black beans, can be used for snap beans when picked at a young stage. What are other gardeners' experiences with dual-use beans? Any recommendations? I'm growing a patch of "Dwarf Bees" bush-habit scarlet runner beans, which I understand can be left to mature to dry stage, but I'm more interested in their snap bean and decorative value.