Specialist bean company Easy Bean has won Fairtrade status for a third product – its Spanish Puchero pot.
The award-winning Spanish Puchero – Fairtrade white beans with Riojan chorizo, red pepper and pimentón – is said to be the perfect standalone choice for lunch or, equally, will taste delicious served with crusty bread or rice for a more substantial evening meal.
A Puchero is a hearty, sustaining hotpot eaten across Spain and South America and is named after the bulbous earthenware pot in which it was traditionally cooked.
Easy Bean meals are available from Waitrose and Booths stores plus independents and online via Waitrose, Ocado and naturalgrocery.co.uk.
Spanish Puchero has been awarded a Gold Great Taste Award and is made to a traditional Riojan recipe, which contains just four ingredients – pork, paprika, garlic and salt.
The Pimentón de la Vera is an oak smoked paprika and has the protected Designation of Origin status. Its name means ‘the real Spanish Paprika’ and it is sourced from the Extremadura region of Spain. Air-dried ham from Trealy Farm in Monmouth is another artisan ingredient used in the recipe, said Easy Bean.
These premium ingredients give an intense richness to the sauce and, in turn, complement the white and creamy Fairtrade haricot beans, which are grown by the Jurihe Zhaluteqi farmer association in Inner Mongolia, the company claims.
Easy Bean founder Christina Baskerville said: “In keeping with our aim to Fairtrade as many of our recipes as we can, we decided to work on improving the Spanish Puchero recipe as well as introduce the delicious creamy white Fairtrade haricot beans.
“We were looking for a rich ham base to the recipe which, in Spain, is achieved by using Serrano ham bones in the stock. Trealy Farm produce the most wonderful charcuterie and with the help of their delicious air-dried ham we believe we have achieved the richness we were looking for.”
The Spanish Puchero pot contains 291 kcals and has two of your five-a-day vegetable portions, reports Easy Bean. It has no artificial additives, colours, flavourings or preservatives.
Baskerville said: “Spanish Puchero is hand-prepared in small batches in our Somerset kitchen using the finest natural ingredients. Beans have more fibre than many wholegrains, are virtually fat free and are high in protein. Our meals are as tasty as they are healthy.
“As a farmer’s daughter and having worked closely with farmers in Africa and Latin America who grow the crops I know how hard the work is and how vital it is that producers receive a fair deal.”