The Best of British.

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The Honest challenge this week was all about championing the very best British produce and some of our favourite British brands.

The ‘B’ word

With Brexit looming, backing British is becoming increasingly important. Most people don’t even realise that the agricultural industry provides raw materials for the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink. It’s the backbone of the nation – maintaining 70% of the landscape and providing jobs for 3.8 million people.

With all that in mind, we can’t ignore that home-grown food will be at the heart of a post-Brexit Britain. Without being a bit too political, now really is the perfect time to investigate where exactly your food comes from, how it gets there and to show a little love to the people that produced it. That’s why we decided to champion our favourite British food producers as our challenge; people that are genuinely passionate about what they do and make top quality products.

Below are a few of our favourite producers of British food and drink:

British ingredients

British agriculture is at the very core of the Honest Bean Co and that’s why this challenge is so important to us. It all started in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds on the family-run farm, which began to cold crush rapeseed as part of farm diversification 11 years ago. 

If you aren’t familiar with rapeseed oil, it happens to be one of our main ingredients. With half the saturated fat of olive oil, you can use it to roast, bake or fry – but we use it to make the freshest fava bean dips. The best thing about it, after the taste, is that it’s cold pressed and produced in Yorkshire – both of which more or less guarantee the best quality that we could possibly offer you (God’s own county, you know).

We whizz the oil up with the finest British fava beans we can get our hands on. They come from Hodmedod’s - these guys are just as passionate about British grains and pulses as we are – follow the link to check them out. You can find out more about the nutritional goodness of the fava bean in our first blog post.

minimal miles

However, the main focus here is the food miles, or lack of. Both of our staple ingredients (oil and beans) are grown and processed in the UK, which is why our dip makes the perfect, more sustainable alternative to conventional hummus, made with chickpeas and olive oil that have been imported from half way across the world. Chickpeas could travel up to 9, 500 miles before they get to you!

No one’s perfect, right?

Nevertheless, being the “Honest” Bean Co, we do want to mention that as much as we wish they were, not all our ingredients are from the UK. We’re talking about our lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. It just wouldn’t make financial sense to attempt to source them from this country and therefore, bad for business. We aren’t trying to be something we’re not. That’s not good for business either.


For the love of beans

With all the uncertainty around where our food will come from and how much it will cost us post-Brexit, now is the time to make the most of what we have and support those that produce it. The UK is currently 60% self-sufficient, although farmers are geared up to produce more. So, let’s support them, champion their produce and choose British. 

Alex Oates