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Chickpeas

Chickpeas are one of the oldest crops and were first grown in Asia Minor. They were then planted across the whole of the Mediterranean and later in Africa and Asia. Archaeological discoveries prove that they have been cultivated since about 7,000 BC.

Chickpeas are a staple in many countries – a fact which doesn’t surprise us because they are a great source of fibre and beneficial resistant starches. They also contain plenty of vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals, and very little fat and cholesterol.

Did you know that eating pulses regularly can help to regulate diabetes and reduce the chances of suffering from heart disease and cancer? After eating chickpeas you feel full and satisfied for a long time, so we’d really recommend them if you’re dieting.

Key nutrients found in chickpeas

Manganese, Copper, Folic Acid, Vitamin B9, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium,
Potassium, Selenium, Lysine, Vitamins B1, B2, B6

Sesame Seed

Did you know? Sesame seed is an oilseed, just like linseed and poppy seed, and is one of the world’s oldest crops. Owing to its nourishing properties sesame has been a cherished food for many thousands of years and has traditionally been used for ritual and healing purposes. Seeds were found in the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

Women in ancient Babylon would eat sesame and honey sweets to boost their fertility and sexual health – a fact that we found absolutely fascinating. In China and the ancient Near East they believed sesame extended your life and strengthened the spirit.
Sesame oil is used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine to treat skin conditions and as a skin balm thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Key nutrients found in sesame seeds

Calcium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Selenium, Folic Acid, Potassium, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Fibre, Unsaturaed fatty acids

Lentils

Lentils are one of the most nutritious of all the pulses and were among the very first agricultural crops. They are relatively easy to cultivate and can grow almost anywhere in the world. Sampling the variety of lentil dishes and different ways it is served across the globe is a real joy.

Eating lentils also has many health benefits. It’s one of the best sources of essential proteins and contains lots of iron and many B vitamins. This means it’s ideal for the winter months. Lentils are rich in fibre which absorbs toxins and transports them from the body.

Key nutrients found in lentils

Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E,
B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C

Coriander

Coriander has been used as a herb and for its healing properties since 5,000 BC. The plant is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean. By the 17th Century it was being planted in northern Europe and by the early North American settlers. Today it’s grown all over the world.

Coriander’s essential oils increase appetite, aid digestion and alleviate stomach cramps. It’s an ingredient in many medicines to treat gastrointestinal complaints and is often used in Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicine to counter digestion problems. The high levels of antioxidants in coriander leaves boosts the immune system, helping to fight off colds and infections.