Updated: Nov 23, 2020
By Emily Burton
At The Refill Pantry, we are proud to stock locally grown British products with a reduced environmental impact. We love supporting small enterprises and brands such as Hodmedod’s and Pastificio Carleschi, who are doing their bit to make our plates more sustainable.
Hodmedod is an East Anglian word meaning snail or hedgehog (depending whether you’re from Suffolk or Norfolk!). It is the name of a wonderful brand that sells pulses and grains from fair and sustainable UK production, organic where possible.
One of their products is British wholegrain quinoa. Originating from the Andes mountains in South America, quinoa is a high-protein seed that acts as a grain. It has been around for hundreds of years and has been a staple in the indigenous Andean diet, especially in rural Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
In recent years, it has become popular in Western culture, marketed as a super-food. This huge increase in demand for quinoa from the Western world has affected the livelihoods of the indigenous growers and their families, who can now no longer afford it. In 2013, the price of quinoa in Peru and Bolivia tripled due to global demand.