Our Great British beans and peas

Hodmedod works closely with British farms to source beans, peas and grains for our range of wholesome ingredients and delicious foods. Our dried pulses are delicious, healthy, a great source of vegetable protein and good for the soil and bees too. They’re versatile and easy to cook – split peas and fava beans don’t even need soaking. Even easier are our new canned beans – cooked fava beans in water, a spicy vaal dhal, and baked British beans.

Our British beans and peas are available from our online shop, stocked in a growing range of discerning outlets and served in some excellent restaurants. Trade enquiries are welcome and we’re listed with several regional and national distributors.

Our British-grown quinoa

Our canned British beans

Our range of dried British beans and peas

Available to buy in…

Coming soon

We’ve lots planned for 2014…

We’re working with several farmers producing different varieties of British beans and peas. In the first few months of the year we’re planning to launch baby kidney beans and red fox peas, as well as smaller packs of split yellow and green peas, and whole yellow and blue peas. After the autumn harvest we hope to introduce borlotti beans, ying yang beans and large white Gog Magog beans.

We’ve a few other things up our sleeves too, including fava bean flour.

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61 Responses to “Our Great British beans and peas”

  1. Sarah | September 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing the organic range come online! How much longer now do you think…?

    • Anna | January 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi, I join you in the request for the organic selection to be sold online since I would love to eat again my “split fava puree” one day but now I only buy organic.

      • Nick Saltmarsh | January 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

        Hi Anna. We do now have certified organic split fava beans (and our canned Vaal Dhal is organic too). They’re available from the organic section of our online shop – http://hodmedods.co.uk/product-category/organic/

    • Nick Saltmarsh | January 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Sarah. Apologies for late response to this but if you haven’t found it yet our organic range is now available at http://hodmedods.co.uk/product-category/organic/

  2. Cheryl | August 27, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Have you considered producing Fava bean flour? It’s used a lot in the States in gluten free cooking but can’t find it at all here. I’m sure there would be a market for it :)

    • Nick Saltmarsh | August 27, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Cheryl. Thank you for your comment. We are looking into adding fava bean flour to our range and will do so with more urgency now we hear there’s such potential demand for it! It will take a while but watch this space. Best wishes, Nick

  3. ursulariches | July 10, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    another customer wanting organic. How do you farm? How many pesticides? No GM I hope?
    Hedgerows and ditches for drainage are a really good way to farm as the birds; wildlife live in the hedgerows and biodiverse wildlife keeps pests under control.

    • Josiah | July 10, 2013 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Ursula,

      Along with lots of others on this thread you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ll be offering organic fava beans for sale in the next few months! It’s great news, we’re just going through the process of Soil Association certification and sorting out the packaging.

      [To clarify the GM status of our beans: No GM crops of any kind are being grown commercially in the UK - all our beans (and peas) are grown in the UK. Beyond that and to the best of our knowledge there are in fact no GM fava beans being commercially grown anywhere in the world.]

  4. andrew mackintosh | June 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Lots of familair shop names on here :)
    I see we are stocking your stuff in the coming catalogue, i’ve been aware of your products for a while now so it’s nice to see them in there.
    What will also be a great pleasure will be telling our customers over the border in Lancashire and up in the North East that they should fret no more, after years without their beloved carlins (unless they fancied washing carp bait) this plot night (or bonfire night to those less yorkshire than me) they can happily tuck into cups of salt and vinegar-y carlins whilst they ooh and ahh to the fireworks up the rec’.
    There was even a lad in Rochdale who converted his ice cream van to a carlin van in october and november and then again at easter when he used to go round the fairs selling his wares.

  5. Pip Pip | May 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    I got linked to your website through an ‘eating local’ challenge in Cambridge. As a part time vegan trying to work out where i’d get my protein from from within east anglia :S, and a fan of pulses, and low food miles, it’s heartening to find you! I’ve already suggested one shop in Cambridge stock you – Arjuna Wholefoods, so hopefully they’ll get in touch, and I’ll email the hello@ address to get a few postcards (the other shop I’m thinking of is the Daily Bread Wholefood Co-op in Cambridge). Also I’m curious about where your beans are actually grown? Is it a nationwide source, or more specific? (technically I’m looking for things grown within east-anglia, but I’ll be buying regardless, and it’s just brilliant to see pulses from the uk! :P ) Many thanks, and best of luck with the whole thing.

  6. Rosie | May 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Very interested to see different pulses with lower than average food miles. Just rustling up a couple of friends to do a bulk order, the 12 mixed packs are a good idea.
    If they’re good I shall suggest them to the Real Food Store in Exeter as they’re big on sustainability. We also have a cracking wholefood store, Seasons, in Exeter too if you’re looking for shops to approach.

    Have you cooked them like this at all http://www.thedailyspud.com/2009/03/04/posh-spicy-beans/? I haven’t tried the recipe yet as I haven’t founf the dried beans locally but I love the brand that inspired him. I also sometimes buy roast mixed beans in my local supermarket (great alternative to snacking on nuts for someone with a nut allergy like me), but they are in the trendy/healthy/dietfood section and quite pricey. Would love to make my own but the only recipe I’ve found is the one above.

    • Nick Saltmarsh | May 10, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks Rosie, we’ll look forward to your order and hope you like our beans and peas! Let us know if you’d like some of our “Please stock British beans…” postcards to give to your local shops – just email hello@hodmedods.co.uk. We’ll get in touch anyway but it’s always best coming from a customer.

      Yes, we’ve spotted those recipes from The Daily Spud and are planning to try them out soon – they look like a great way to cook and eat our split fava beans (a variety of broad bean harvested dry).

  7. jen buckley | April 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but are you considering producing any soil association certified peas and beans?

    • Josiah | April 13, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      We are Jen, in fact we hope to have some organic lines available later this year (probably in the summer).

      Best wishes,

      Josiah

  8. adele davide | March 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    do you sell at any outlets in Camden, Islington in London?

  9. Caz Bailey | March 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I wonder if you’ve thought about doing some sort of starter pack, with a couple of small packets of each of everything plus recipes?

    • Nick Saltmarsh | March 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Coming very soon! Should be next week…

  10. Polly Senter | March 3, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Looking forward to your larger range then will start to test them and include them in the recipes that I compile for the Lewes Food market and TTLewes. We now have some access to local flours here and as a Norfolk girl originally I am very happy to buy British rather than Asian. I encourage people to think about where their food comes from and to enjoy seasonal and local. Preserving just extends our ‘seasonal’ to year round – good stuff.

    If you get to sell through Infinity in Brighton then they will sell in Lewes stores too.

  11. Richard | February 28, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Get your products stocked by healthysupplies.co.uk, they offer a great range of products and brilliant service but zero fava beans, that is why I am here!

    • Nick Saltmarsh | February 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion Richard – looks like a great website. We’ll get in touch.

  12. Carole | February 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi, do you guys supply via SUMA cooperative? That would allow you to reach a really large audience.

    • Nick Saltmarsh | February 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Carole – We’re working on it… Keep an eye on our website or newsletter for news. Best wishes, Nick

  13. dominic | February 18, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Morning there,
    can i use your whole fava bean as seed for growing my own beans? If so what variety are they?

  14. Kyla | February 17, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Just in case you ever plan to take your beans across water, there’s a gourmet supermarket in Brussels, Rob’s, which searches out exactly your kinds of products http://www.rob-brussels.be/home.cfm?lang=en
    They’ve got some lovely ranges of beans, but I’ve only seen frozen fava there.

  15. Jack Stewart | February 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Dear Joshua…..may I suggest, in case you are considering further product development, studying whatever the Spanish and Portugese do to fava beans to make their delicious bottled ‘Alubias’ ? Just salted and cooked is my guess but I cannot emulate the gorgeous flavour starting from dried beans, whereas you presumably have access to the fresh. I buy bottles of Alubias when I am passing Spanish delis in London or at fancy farm shops in the sticks, price for 500g varies from £1.28 to £3.45…..guess which is pricier?
    Thanks for the work you do

    • josiah Meldrum | February 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi Jack,

      Thanks for your kind words about our work.

      We’ll have a look for some Alubias – my understanding is that they are generally a kind of pinto/haricot (Phaseolus varieties – New World beans) rather than fava beans (Vicia faba – Old World beans). But often the old and new world beans and bean names are interchangable and the word ‘fava’ (or variations) in many languages simply means bean (eg haba in Spanish) which adds to the confusion…

      Though we don’t have an ideal climate for growing Phaseolus beans on any kind of commercial scale in the UK, we are doing some crop trials this year and hope that we might be able to offer a few varieties in coming years. We’re also looking at other possible products – including bottling and canning (and you’re right, the process leads to a flavour and texture that is very hard to repeat at home) but also things like a British version of habas fritas – those crisp beans snacks the Spanish are so fond of and that are increasingly common here.

      Thanks and best wishes,

      Josiah

  16. John | February 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    No pack between 500gms and 12.5 kg? (Except for 12x500gms, 6kg, which costs as much as 12.5kg.) The price for 12.5 kg is very reasonable, but that’s a lot of beans! Can you introduce a 4/5/6kg package at a more reasonable price?

    • josiah Meldrum | February 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks John,

      We’re actually thinking of doing just that – we had a 2kg pack in mind, would that be something you’d be interested in?

      The 12.5kg catering sacks are, as you say, a lot cheaper weight for weight than the 500g retail packs: this is mostly down to the extra labour involved in packing them (and a little bit to cover the cost of the packaging itself).

      Josiah

      • Lenka | February 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

        I would be interested in 2-3 kg packs. If I order 500g pack it will cost a lot with the postage (5 pounds sounds like much too much) and 12.5 kg pack is too big I do not have storage for it.

        • Josiah | February 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

          Hi Lenka, thanks for your suggestion – we’re certainly thinking about 2kg packs.

          Perhaps a more immediate answer would be if you could buy the smaller packs from a shop near you (and so avoid the delivery costs); if you have a particular shop you’d like to be able to buy them from let us know and we’ll get in touch with them.

          Josiah

  17. Nicola | February 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Are your fava beans the same as what used to be called Field Beans? I used to buy Field Beans regularly for a favourite recipe I had in a recipe booklet for a cauliflower/bean/tomato/cheesy crumble dish. But haven’t seen them anywhere for years.

    • josiah Meldrum | February 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi Nicola,

      Yes exactly the same – fava beans, broad beans, field beans, tick beans, horse beans are all varieties of / names for Vicia faba; the main difference is the size of the bean and our beans will be the same size as those that you used to buy.

      We’d love to hear about your recipe, sounds delicious! (in fact we’re about to start a monthly recipe competition… you could be an early winner!)

      Best wishes,

      Josiah

  18. Emma W | January 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    If you plan to head South try Greens in Leigh-on-sea (SS9 2HA) – fantastic store that has been there since I was a nipper! You could also try The Squeeze Cafe on the same road – they do lots of healthy and hearty food and may be interested in your products (http://thesqueezecafe.moonfruit.com/). If you come to London, set up in Borough and Northcote Road Markets, please. I look forward to ordering online soon!

    • josiah Meldrum | January 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks Emma!

      We’ll follow up your southerly suggestions.

      We’re also very interested in the market stall idea and have already had a look at a couple of sites London.

      Best wishes,

      Josiah

  19. Annette | January 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    The Health Warehouse in Darlington. Do they sell your products?

    • josiah Meldrum | January 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Not yet Annette! But now you’ve brought them to our attention we’ll get in touch.

      Thank you.

      Josiah

  20. Julie | January 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Single Step in Lancaster may be interested in stocking your beans and peas. They’re an independent cooperative wholefood retailer. I would like to try some of your fava beans but £5 postage is excessive. Presumably you’re aiming your website at potential retailers or wholesalers?

    • Nick Saltmarsh | January 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Thank you for suggesting Single Step – we’ll get in touch with them. Now we have a range of beans and peas packed and ready to go, we’re hoping to make them available through a wide range of retailers. Unfortunately we have to charge £5 postage and packing on small orders to cover our costs – we do offer free delivery on larger orders (£16 or more).

  21. Maia | January 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Can I suggest Lembas in Sheffield as a distribution point? They are a wholesale retailers that stock a lot of bulk wholefood items. but are also open to the public for personal shopping. I would really prefer to be able to buy ‘local’ (as in national) products and for items like these it’s tricky.
    Thanks for getting into the market!

    • Nick Saltmarsh | January 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Thanks very much for this suggestion – we’ll get in touch with them.

    • Christine | February 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      I second Lembas in Sheffield! It’s rather a long way from Norfolk, but they’re the sorts of people who would look at cunning ways to share transport…

      • Christine | February 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

        I just checked Lembas’s website and they don’t sell Fava/broad beans. They sell just about every other sort of bean, so that’s a clear gap in their list.

        • josiah Meldrum | February 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

          Thanks Christine, you’re right our beans would complement their range – we’ve sent them a wholesale price list.

          Josiah

  22. Diane Hall | January 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    I live in Norfolk. Can I buy locally?

    • josiah Meldrum | January 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Diane,

      We finished packing our initial range this week, so we’re starting to approach all the retailers and wholesalers who’ve expressed an interest over the last few months – with any luck our beans should be available in a shop near you soon!

      Do you have a particular outlet you’d like to be able to buy them in? If so let us know and we’ll get in touch with them about stocking our beans and peas.

      Best wishes,

      Josiah

      • Karen | January 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        Try the fantastic Trinity Wholefoods, Hastings, East Sussex. You can say it is from a keen customer of theirs.
        Just realised you did not mention if they were organic or not?

        • josiah Meldrum | January 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

          Thanks Karen, we’ll get in touch with them.

          As for organic – not yet.

          As a small start-up business introducing a new product to the UK market we’re having to piggy-back on the export supply chain; buying small amounts of beans that would otherwise be shipped overseas. Most legume traders clean, sort and store beans in 100 tonne batches. As there is no export market for organic beans we’re only able to dip into non-organic supplies – until we can afford to buy a full 100 tonne batch and have it processed (and at the moment we can’t!).

          Organic UK pulses are problematic – a lack of confidence in the domestic market for them combined with the difficulties associated with cleaning small batches and the risks of pests and disease all put organic farmers off. We’re working hard on it, but the first step is demonstrating demand.

          We’re very keen to move to organic supplies with this in mind we’re talking to a number of organic farmers and hope the situation will change at the the end of this year – at least for the whole fava beans.

          Best wishes,

          Josiah

          • Sheindal | January 23, 2013 at 12:37 am #

            I’d be a customer too if they were organic, and I’m sure my sister, a vegan who only eats organic, would be too, so please bear our demand in mind too! (And if you have any updates re organic status please do keep me updated via my email address, thanks!)

            Oh, and you could try talking to Unicorn Co-op in Chorlton, Manchester and Windmill, Aigburth Road in Liverpool as well as Mattas, Bold Street, Liverpool regarding stocking your products.

            We have a fair few Asian groceries selling these kind of products (though not organic) in Liverpool, have you tried to break into that market? If prices were competitive perhaps you could get over cultural loyalty by demonstrating financial savings even if the environmental aspect of not shipping all the way from India/China/etc is not a primary concern. …Maybe!

          • josiah Meldrum | January 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

            Thanks Sheindal – some excellent suggestions, and thanks for the feedback on organic pulses, as I mentioned elsewhere in the thread it’s really useful to know this kind of thing. I’ll make sure we let you know as soon as we have our first organic beans!

            We’re already in touch with Unicorn about supply but the two shops you mention in Liverpool are new to us so we’ll contact them.

            You’re right about the specialist market too – ironically it’s possible that Asian and Middle Eastern grocers are selling fava beans or products made from fava beans that originated in the UK, have been exported, processed and packed and then sent back here!

            Thanks again,

            Josiah

          • Graham Starmer | February 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

            Add me to the list of those interested to hear when organic beans are available. Thanks and good luck!

          • Justin | February 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

            Another buyer if you can source organic.

            I’d love some Fava beans.

            We used to be able to also buy Field Beans in the wholefood stores back in the 1980’s. These entirely disappeared from all shop shelves, and I’m dead jealous of the pigs and other livestock which still get to scoff them. Lovely earthy beans, very much like broad beans in flavour. Whats’ the chance?

            Again, since we eat 99% all organic I am a little reluctant to buy from any non-organic source. I might make an exception for some Fava beans this time, but please keep trying!

            Rgds

          • Nick Saltmarsh | February 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

            We hope to have some good news on the organic front soon! Keep an eye on our website or newsletter. Best wishes, Nick

      • Justin | February 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

        We buy nearly all our bulk staples from Infinity foods in Brighton.

        Well worth asking if they’d stock your beans. (But they do like Organics! – another plug there).

        Rgds

    • Jenny ferguson | January 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Ty The Green Grocer in Earlam shopping centre Norwich.

      • josiah Meldrum | January 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        Thanks Jenny, we’ll pop in with some samples next time we’re in Norwich.

        Josiah

  23. Maureen | January 19, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Good luck with this crop diversification and with helping us as a nation become less dependent on imports

    • josiah Meldrum | January 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Thank you Maureen, much appreciated – the beans have received such a positive welcome, it’s very encouraging.

      Josiah

  24. Tharin | January 19, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    You should set up a stall in the Farmer’s Market in Norwich!

    • josiah Meldrum | January 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

      Good idea!

      We are planning to offer them at Norwich FarmShare (on a Thursday when they have their cropshare day at bicycle links: http://norwichfarmshare.co.uk/ ) in the not to distant future – we’ll keep you posted.

      Josiah

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