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Andy Croft / Sacre
Andy Croft (also known as Andy Sacre) - photo courtesy of Richard Shashamane

Everyone at Hodmedod was deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of Andy Croft. As a talented freelance designer Andy played a leading role in developing the look and feel of Hodmedod, working on all of our design from our logo and font to every single one of our products. He was a truly lovely and gentle man with the utmost consideration for everyone around him.

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Colourful ripening quinoa on Peter Fairs' Essex farm
Colourful ripening quinoa on Peter Fairs' Essex farm

We've been privileged to work with Essex quinoa pioneer Peter Fairs over the last few years to develop supply of some of the very first British-grown Quinoa. As drilling of this year's crop approaches we've been getting nostalgic re-reading this article by journalist Craig McLean on the launch of our first trial batch in 2014.

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The Cut arts centre, Halesworth This month Halesworth’s Science Café (7pm, Thursday 31st March at The Cut) will be celebrating pulses, part of our efforts under the banner of the International Year of Pulses to raise awareness of their many benefits as "nutritious seeds for a sustainable future". Read More

Black Badger Carlin Peas
"Black Badger" Carlin Peas

Religion, folklore and now Facebook encourage us to give things up for Lent. And if you’ve got a meat-, alcohol-, chocolate- or sugar-shaped hole in your life for the next few weeks, there are centuries of history behind the foodstuff you could fill it with: carlin peas

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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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