|One of Britain's best-kept secrets, Carlin Peas are a much-loved traditional food in the North of England and make a great alternative to chickpeas, with excellent flavour and texture.
Red Foxes are a red-brown variety of Carlin Pea, combining the distinctive nutty flavour of Carlin Peas with a striking colour.
Carlin Peas are traditionally eaten as Parched Peas in Lancashire, simply boiled up and eaten with vinegar and salt.
They make an excellent British-grown substitute for chickpeas.
Also try our "Black Badger" Carlin Peas and canned Carlin Peas in Water, cooked and ready to use.
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Carlin Peas have a superb nutty flavour and firm texture, making a great alternative to chickpeas or Puy lentils. They're great in soups, stews, curries and salad, pairing well with roast vegetables.
Soak overnight - or quick-soak by placing in boiling water, taking it off the heat and leaving for one hour.
After soaking , rinse, place in a pan with plenty of water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes until tender.
Adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) when soaking will result in softer cooked peas. Cooked peas can be used immediately or frozen.
Notes on Cooking Dried Pulses
Cooking times for dried pulses will be longer at higher altitudes and when cooking with hard water or older pulses.
Adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) during soaking and/or cooking will soften the pulses and reduce the cooking time.
Cooked pulses can be used immediately or frozen for later use.
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Red Foxes are a distinctively red variety of Carlin or Maple Pea. In Lancashire Carlin Peas are traditionally served "parched" - boiled and roast or soaked in vinegar - on Bonfire Night. They're celebrated in parts of Yorkshire on Carlin Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent, and know as Grey Peas in the Black Country, where they're often served with bacon.
Carlin Peas are also popular with pigeons (and carp!) and occasionally known as Pigeon Peas but they're not to be confused with the entirely different tropical species Cajanus cajan, also popularly known as the Pigeon Pea.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians