Hodmedod’s launches first ever British-grown chia seeds
The first yield of chia seeds that have been grown on British soil launching to market by pulse and grain producer, Hodmedod’s.
The oil-rich seeds, which are harvested from a flowering plant in the mint family native to Central America, has increased in popularity in the UK in recent years.
Hodmedod’s limited harvest of chia seeds will be available to buy in 200g retail packs (RRP £2.49), and is already stocked by Manchester-based independent wholefood retailer, Unicorn Grocery.
“We are delighted to be able to offer British-grown chia seeds as another step in our mission to increase the diversity of both British farming and British diets,” said co-founder of Hodmedod Nick Saltmarsh.
The company worked with farmers Peter and Andrew Fairs from Great Tey in Essex to produce the first British-grown chia seed. The Fairs already grow a range of crops for Hodmedod including its quinoa, camelina and naked barley.
The flowering plant, named salvia hispanica, was previously thought to be unable to grow to maturity in the UK climate but the Fairs selected a strain that has ripened and yielded well on their Essex farm.
“We believe we have successfully harvested the first commercial crop of chia seed in the UK. The crop received no pesticides and both yield and quality far exceed our expectations,” said Peter.