Abyssinian Peas

Abyssinian Peas

by Josiah Meldrum July 02, 2016 1 Comment

We were very excited to discover Abyssinian peas in the John Innes Centre's seed bank and are now running garden trials to find out more about these unusual and beautiful peas from Ethiopia.

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Gluten-free Flours with British Provenance

Gluten-free Flours with British Provenance

by Polly Robinson May 13, 2016

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 - Put Some Organic British Carlin Peas in Your Pantry

Prize Peas - Put Some Organic British Carlin Peas in Your Pantry

by Nick Saltmarsh May 12, 2016 2 Comments

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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Ways to Cook With Carlins

Ways to Cook With Carlins

by Nick Saltmarsh May 12, 2016

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

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Pioneering British Quinoa - a Look Back at our 2014 Launch

Pioneering British Quinoa - a Look Back at our 2014 Launch

by Nick Saltmarsh March 11, 2016

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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Celebrating pulses at the Cut's Science Cafe

Celebrating pulses at the Cut's Science Cafe

by Josiah Meldrum March 10, 2016

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".

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Lenten Peas: Black Badgers, Parched Peas & Carlin Sunday

Lenten Peas: Black Badgers, Parched Peas & Carlin Sunday

by Nick Saltmarsh February 27, 2016 1 Comment

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 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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Suffolk's first organic lentils

Suffolk's first organic lentils

by Josiah Meldrum July 03, 2015 8 Comments

Four or five years ago, when Nick, William and I were 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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