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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2016: UN International Year of Pulses

2016: UN International Year of Pulses

by Nick Saltmarsh January 01, 2016

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 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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Eat More Pulses for Healthier Soil

Eat More Pulses for Healthier Soil

by Nick Saltmarsh December 04, 2015 1 Comment

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

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

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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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Beautiful Cicerchia Flowers (Lathyrus sativus)

Beautiful Cicerchia Flowers (Lathyrus sativus)

by Josiah Meldrum June 16, 2015

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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A Fortnight in the Organic Quinoa Field

A Fortnight in the Organic Quinoa Field

by Josiah Meldrum June 13, 2015

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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A Field of Naked Barley

A Field of Naked Barley

by Josiah Meldrum June 05, 2015 1 Comment

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. We now offer a range of naked barley products - wholegrain, flakes and fermented.

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