A step closer to British Baked Beans on the breakfast menu! The first haricot ... trends now
They have long been a national mealtime staple.
But the great British weather has meant growing our own baked beans has been a farming fantasy – until now.
The first ever commercial crop of British-grown baked beans have been canned, after university boffins spent 12 years developing a bean able to cope with our cold, damp climate.
The specially modified haricot beans were harvested in September at a farm in Leadenham, Lincolnshire.
It is hoped the breeding of a UK-specific common dry bean variety could lead to the beginning of a new pulse market for UK farmers, with the aim to cut food imports.
The first ever commercial crop of British-grown baked beans have been canned, after university boffins spent 12 years developing a bean able to cope with our cold, damp climate
History: Traditionally, baked beans have been predominantly sourced from overseas markets in the US, Canada , Ethiopia and China because of the specific climate and soil requirements needed for their successful cultivation
The breakthrough came after scientists at the University of Warwick relaunched the work started under the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the 1980s. They evaluated descendants from the previous bean breeding work and selected a distinctive and stable variety of small white haricot bean.
A smaller-scale trial to grow the new early-maturing variety - called Capulet after one of the warring families in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - failed