What are fava beans? Aren't they just broad beans?

What are fava beans? Aren't they just broad beans?

by Nick Saltmarsh August 19, 2021

Fava beans are very close to our hearts at Hodmedod, which we founded in 2012 with the simple aim of getting British-grown fava beans back into British kitchens. Still we're frequently asked, "What are fava beans?", "Aren't they just broad beans?"

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A Feast to Celebrate the International Year of Pulses

A Feast to Celebrate the International Year of Pulses

by Polly Robinson January 15, 2016

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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Ancient Pulses: Were Fava Beans the First Farmed Crop?

Ancient Pulses: Were Fava Beans the First Farmed Crop?

by Nick Saltmarsh December 16, 2015 2 Comments

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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Fava beans at Christmas: Cake, Excess and the Lord of Misrule

Fava beans at Christmas: Cake, Excess and the Lord of Misrule

by Josiah Meldrum December 15, 2015 1 Comment

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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Grow Beans to Fight Climate Change

Grow Beans to Fight Climate Change

by Nick Saltmarsh October 26, 2015

A new report from the Vegan Society makes a strong case against industrial livestock production and in favour of a shift to more plant-based agriculture.

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Two Years of British Beans, Peas & Quinoa

Two Years of British Beans, Peas & Quinoa

by Josiah Meldrum December 31, 2014 2 Comments

Back in 2012 when we founded Hodmedod it was nigh on impossible to reliably find British-grown pulses in the shops – and the range was tiny. Two years on and we’ve got 16 varieties of dried British peas and beans plus...

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