Delicious, nutritious and used in many fantastic Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African and Indian dishes, British-grown dried beans and peas are very high in protein and fibre, low in sodium, and have a low glycemic index. They are the perfect choice for customers looking for a British alternative to imported pulshes, meat or dairy proteins.
New Norfolk business Hodemedod supplies retail packs of whole dried fava beans, split dried fava beans, green Kabuki peas and dark Black Badger peas. The split fava beans are especially versatile and easy to cook – they don’t need soaking, cook from dry in 20 to 30 minutes and are perfect for soups, stews, curries, dal and dips. Also known as carlin or maple peas, black badgers are deliciously nutty and firm, making a good substitute for dark green or Puy lentils.
Hodemedod sources produce from British farms. We’re particularly interested in searching out less well-known foods, like the fava bean, which we still grow and export but haven’t eaten in Britain for centuries.
Once a staple part of our diet in Britain, our home-grown dried beans and peas became a forgotten ingredient as increasing wealth meant we ate more meat and dairy products in the 18th and 19th centuries, replacing pulses as the main source of protein. While we still produce over half a million tonnes of fava beans in the UK every year, they are either fed to livestock or exported to the Middle East and North Africa.
Hodmedod’s founders aim to bring these delicious but neglected British-grown ingredients back into the limelight.