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The Carlin Pea: Britain's Best-Kept Secret
THE CARLIN PEA
Britain's Best-Kept Secret
These Carlins - also known as Black Badgers, Pigeon Peas, Grey Peas - are one of Britain's best kept secrets: seriously, we CAN'T BELIEVE we haven't been eating this British pulse sooner. But we're about to spill the beans on everything you need to know about this British beauty.
If you're new here, HI!, let's revert back to our mission: to make people OBSESSED with beans by giving them the BEST of beans. And we feel pretty confident that we've accomplished this with the mainstream varieties: our The Queen Chickpea and The Queen Butter Bean in other words "the populars", (or the cheerleaders + the jocks, if ya like).
But when it comes to British pulses, unfortunately, these guys aren't as well known. So it would've been a BIG risk trying to make everyone bean-obsessed by launching a bean that no one knew anything about! SO... after we launched the Carlins in September last year we've had AMAZING feedback from you bean champs! You've embraced the unknown pulse and welcomed her with open arms.
HISTORY OF OUR PEAS...
Yup. These peas go WAY back Historian heads on 🤓 Carlins were cultivated by monks in the middle ages - where pulses formed a major part of their diet (HIGH-FIVE). They grow to about 6 feet high and are poppin' with purple + white blossoms (oo la la) - The rich purple colour is also an indication of the high level of anti-oxidant anthocyanins in the peas. Watch them in action here.
(Thanks to @christinasots for this!)
Carlin peas are PACKED with plant based protein. They boast a remarkable nutritional profile, these peas are naturally low in fat, while providing over 23g per 100g of both protein + fiber!
Particularly high in manganese, molybdenum + vitamin B—primarily B1—they have a unique deep red/blue hue in both the skin and flesh - down to anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a group of antioxidants found in red, blue, and purple fruits and veggies. A diet rich in these compounds may:
. Prevent inflammation🩸
. Protect against type 2 diabetes 🍬
. Protect against certain cancers 🦠
. Benefit your memory and overall brain health 🧠
A British Substitution to Chickpeas?
Imagine if a chickpea + a lentil had a baby... Their nutty flavour, sorta like a chestnut or puy lentil, and firm texture work well in any recipe that calls for chickpeas, particularly when blitzing them into a silky dip or crisping them up in a salad.
Loved by Top British Chefs + Bean Champs
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