Ever heard of Hodmedod’s? I discovered this company at the wonderful Hunters of Helmsley, which was selling British-grown fava beans in what appeared to be non-plastic packaging.
Moving forward, I eventually got round to looking at the Hodmedod website and was pleased to see they sold other British-grown pulses as well as grains and seeds. This was music to my ears but it is only at the beginning of this week that I put finger to screen and placed my first order.
Thank goodness I have a child who likes beans. I’ve got a bit of work to do on the grains and seeds but the important thing is that she is being exposed to good food.
Anyway, why British-grown beans?
As you may already have gathered, I am rather a fan of locally grown food as far as possible. What you may not be aware of is the fact that I used to be vegetarian and, while I do now occasionally eat meat, non-animal sources of protein are my preferred option.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness that animal husbandry is a driver of global warming. I think at the same time that a few animals on a farm may bring benefits (manure for example); the food they provide is a natural source of B12 (which we can only really get in this form from eating animal produce) and because of our depleted soils, perhaps selenium falls into this category, too.
So, the meat we consume comes from our local organic farm and now I have found a way of obtaining plant protein without the air miles. What’s not to like!
If you’re interested, the Hodmedod website can be found here: