I was intrigued by a twitter post over the weekend that was about black badger beans. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of them, ever.
But if you take a look at the Hodmedod’s website, then it’s not the only pulse I’ve not cooked with, or heard of. But what a great website it is, and what a surprise to discover that there are so many pulses grown in the UK, even quinoa. Although I’m no fan of quinoa, but imagine I should give it a another go as a local product.
But back to the black badger beans. I’d not even heard of them by their Yorkshire name of carling beans, but they have been grown in the UK for at least 500 years. They have a nutty flavour and you could use them instead of chick peas or puy lentils. I’m thinking they’d make a fairly funky looking hummus.
I’m really tempted to order their Big British Box, which would act as a great sampler of everything Hodmedod are doing, including not only the dried pulses but also tinned and snacks like the roast fava beans. The box is £25, instead of £32 if you order everything separately. Great to stock your store cupboard up with, and great to know you’re supporting a number of British enterprises.