Food Diversity Day (13th January) is a new initiative celebrating the UK’s most endangered foods, inspired by Dan Saladino’s new book Eating To Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them.
Increasingly we are all eating the same foods. Of the 6,000 plant species humans have eaten over time, the world now mostly grows and consumes only nine, of which just three – rice, wheat and maize – provide 50 percent of all calories. Food diversity matters for the planet’s health and survival, human health, food security, local economies, soil life, wildlife and insect life, and because it gives us options for the future. Greater diversity in what we eat creates a more resilient food system.
As a founding partner of Food Diversity Day, we are celebrating rarely-seen ingredients with special menus in our restaurants, such as La Tua pasta made with Wildfarmed flour, which is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, and Hodmedod’s British green lentils, which add a rich, nutty flavour to soups, stews and salads.
You can find the Food Diversity Dishes from Friday January 13 for a limited time only from the following locations, just click through to see the menus: