Health conscious cooks boost sales of pulsesMore and more shoppers want beans

12 January 2008

Dried beans are enjoying a popularity boost as more shoppers choose to cook from scratch, according to a retailer.

Waitrose reported a year-on-year upturn in sales of the high-fibre pulses, which need to be soaked before cooking.

Aduki beans saw the biggest popularity boost, with sales up 326% since last year at the food chain.

Black turtle beans used in soups and stews saw a 233% sales uplift over the same period.

Borlotti beans

Dried borlotti beans, which are popular in Italian dishes, are also up 135% since last year at Waitrose.

The food chain said the trend for buying high-fibre dried beans and pulses brought back memories of the F Plan diet, which was popular more than two decades ago.

Waitrose grocery buyer Christopher Moore said: 'January is always a time when people opt for healthier alternatives and make resolutions to save money and cook at home and it certainly seems that the spirit of the retro F Plan diet is well and truly back this year.'

Chick peas are the most popular type of dried beans sold at Waitrose followed by butter beans, haricot, black turtle, borlotti, kidney and aduki beans.

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