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Gluten-free Pulse and Quinoa Flours - Hodmedod's British Pulses and Grains
Gluten-free Pulse and Quinoa Flours - Hodmedod's British Pulses and Grains

If you are following a gluten-free diet it's not always easy to buy British ingredients with clear provenance. Hodmedod has now launched a range of gluten-free flours, all milled in Essex from pulses and quinoa grown on British farms.

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Prize Peas - Hodmedod's Organic Carlin Peas
Prize Peas - Hodmedod's Organic Carlin Peas

Hodmedod's Organic Carlin Peas have been awarded the prestigious Soil Association BOOM award for best pantry product. We're overjoyed that these wonderful but little-know traditional British peas have been recognised for their deliciously nutty flavour.

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The Eating Tree's Carlin Pea and Chocolate Cake
The Eating Tree's Carlin Pea and Chocolate Cake

We're continually amazed at the wonderful things people do with our Organic Carlin Peas and have collected 10 superb dishes from Instagram. In no particular order...

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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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