British chickpeas

I never thought I would see the day when I could buy chickpeas grown in Britain! But lo, here they are.

Last December was my first order from Hodmedod but at that time there weren’t any of one of my favourite pulses. This time round, a British farmer has succeeded in getting a crop and I imagine they are going to be a hit with many people.

Whether or not they could have been grown in cooler days, it’s not for me to say. That said, I would think that climate change has got something to do with it. So, as well as being excited at the opportunities, there is a downside. Unless of course you are mad about root crops, which I’ve heard may be harder to grow if our climate changes, it looks like farmers will have adapt.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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30 Responses to British chickpeas

  1. Tabula Rasa says:

    You can get British grown quinoa too 😀

  2. The adaptations will be intriguing

  3. Karen says:

    Good morning Helen, I wanted to stop by and wish you the Merriest of Christmases for you and your daughter. May it be everything you wish it to be.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    Interesting to read that chickpeas are now grown in the UK!
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Helen.

  5. Things sure are changing…

  6. Clare Pooley says:

    I hope you and your daughter have had a wonderful Christmas, Helen. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
    Things are definitely changing when chickpeas can be grown here! I am one of the people who love root vegetables! 😦

  7. skyeent says:

    I grew chickpeas once when we lived in Solihull. They did crop, but not prolificly: probably only a few more than were sown. It doesn’t surprise me much that they are growing them commercially, although a couple of hot summers probably helped.

    • Helen says:

      I’m not sure that the last summer was particularly hot, although I guess statistically it was warmer than average. 2018 they were still developing them, so this year is the first time they have been available (through Hodmedod). Anyway, it will be interesting to see if this success can be continued.

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