A step closer to British Baked Beans on the breakfast menu! The first haricot ... trends now

A step closer to British Baked Beans on the breakfast menu! The first haricot ... trends now
A step closer to British Baked Beans on the breakfast menu! The first haricot ... trends now

A step closer to British Baked Beans on the breakfast menu! The first haricot ... trends now

The first ever commercial crop of British-grown baked beans have been canned Scientists spent 12 years developing a bean able to cope with our cold climate

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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

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

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 HISTORY OF BAKED BEANS

Baked beans are believed to be based on a Native American dish in which beans were cooked with fat and maple syrup.

European settlers are thought to have adapted the recipe using pork and molasses.

There is another theory that the recipe can be traced to the classic French bean stew cassoulet.

Henry Heinz launched his baked beans in the U.S. in 1895 and brought them to the UK nine years later.

Beans became a staple of the British diet. Originally the product contained a small piece of pork. But Second World War rationing put paid to that.

The Beanz Meanz Heinz slogan dates from the mid-1960s. In 2006, Heinz headed off a threat by Branston to hijack it by reintroducing it to its marketing.

In the mid-1990s, a price war broke out, with some supermarkets selling their own brand beans for as little as 3p a can.

One enterprising independent grocer even gave consumers 5p every time they 'bought' a can.

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More than 2million tins of beans are eaten in Britain every day, with all the beans grown in the US, Canada, Ethiopia and China.

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

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