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A table set for a pulse feast

Feasting on pulses is something the Hodmedod team are happy to do any day of the week but on January 6th we had two extra reasons to celebrate. As well as an almost belated Christmas lunch, January 6th marked the launch of the UN’s International Year of Pulses with hundreds of people across the world celebrating with a pulse feast.

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International Year of Pulses

The United Nations has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, with the aim of raising awareness of the many benefits of pulses and building their position as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients.

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Ancient fava beans from archaeological excavation (photo Israel Antiquities Authority)

Israeli archaeologists claim to have dug up the world's oldest fava beans, suggesting that beans may have been the very first farmed crop. Does this mean the paleo diet is old hat and neo(lithic) eating the new thing?

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A King Cake - overdue a revival in the UK. Photo courtesy of Mover el Bigote and licensed under Creative Commons

Perhaps surprisingly fava beans have a long association with Christmas and the midwinter festivals that preceded it, including a traditional cake that we think is well worth reviving.

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Hodmedod at Christmas

December 14, 2015

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Hoddy wrapping bean, pea and quinoa gifts

There's still time to give beans, peas and quinoa this Christmas!

Our bundles and boxes make perfect gifts and are all available in our quirky bean and pea Christmas wrap. We'll be dispatching orders up to 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd December but recommend ordering before Monday 22nd to ensure delivery before Christmas.

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Healthy soil (photo courtesy Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Campaign, licensed under Creative Commons)

Happy World Soil Day! Growing and eating more beans and peas can make a real contribution to healthy soils.

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Four or five years ago, when Nick, William and I were all working for East Anglia Food Link and developing the Norwich Resilient Food Project with Transition City Norwich, we talked a lot about lentils. We were thinking about what a more sustainable diet might look like for the city of Norwich; what would people eat if they were more reliant on local production? How would farming have to change? It seemed to us that lentils could be part of the answer.

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Last autumn Christine Smallwood, good friend of Hodmedod and a writer with a passion for Italian food, sent me a small packet of Cicerchia (Lathyrus sativus also called 'grass pea') to try cooking with. 

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William is making regular checks on the organic quinoa being grown for Hodmedod on the sandy soil of south east Suffolk. We thought you might be interested (amazed even) to see just how quickly the quinoa grows at this time of year. I've stitched together two photos taken from the same viewpoint a fortnight apart - the difference is impressive.

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Naked Barley growing in an Essex field

We're very excited to be working with East Anglia Food Link and a small group of farmers to revive British production of naked barley, a remarkable crop. We hope to have small quantities for milling and for sale as a whole grain this autumn.

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