Hodmedod sources produce from British farms to supply the best ingredients and delicious foods. We’re particularly interested in searching out less well-known foods, like the fava bean – grown in Britain since the Iron Age but now almost forgotten – and black badger peas.
We sell a growing range of British pulses – split and whole fava beans – and peas – Kabuki marrowfat, black badger, yellow, large blue, split green and split yellow. Our pulses are available in kitchen packs and catering sacks.
Later in 2014 we’ll be launching more new products, including roasted fava beans, red haricot beans and other varieties of British-grown beans. Watch this space!
What’s a hodmedod?
Hodmedod is an East Anglia dialect word. It mostly means snail in Suffolk but can also refer to the curls in a girl’s hair or an ammonite. However, Norfolk speakers generally mean hedgehog by hodmedod, calling a snail a dodman – “thass not a hodmedod, thass a dodman!”
An old Suffolk boy recently told us the secret behind these many meanings – the true meaning of hodmedod is simply something round or curled up, hence snails, hedgehogs, curls, ammonites and even conceivably beans and peas.
We like the word as part of our almost forgotten heritage, a bit like the fava bean or black badger peas.
Hodmedod Ltd was founded by Nick Saltmarsh, Josiah Meldrum and William Hudson in 2012 and is based on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. We share a belief in good, sustainable and local food, and have worked together on sustainable and local food projects over many years through our partnership Provenance and for the regional NGO East Anglia Food Link.
The Great British Beans trial project
We founded Hodmedod following the successful Great British Beans trial project to stimulate and assess demand for indigenous pulses. This project was run by Provenance for East Anglia Food Link as part of its Norwich Resilient Food Project, which was developed with Transition Norwich.
If you’d like to know more about us or our products, please do get in touch.