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I have only recently tasted Whole Earth Organic Baked beans after using the standard Heinz Baked Beans for as long as I care to remeober. Whole Earth Organic BAked beans taste absolutely gorgeous and I first bought a can from an independent Health Food Shop whilst I was on holiday (camping) with family, earlier this year. Not ever having tasted these before I can say I was really pleasantly surprised. The beans themselves tase larger, firmer and have more of what I can only describe a 'nuttier' sort of taste. These beans are a lot lower in sugar and salt and contain absolutely no artificial ingredients at all. They look slightly paler than my usual Heinz beans but the taste is so much nicer, with no added salt or sugar and no artificial ingredients. I confess to even having eaten these beans cold on a few occasions when I have been really famished. At over eighty pence a tin, they don't come cheap but they are worth it in terms of taste and quality. I would recommend them as a treat though I appreciate as an everyday staple, it would be hard to buy these instead of shop's own brands as they are so much less expensive. very tasty and very much recommended.
No-one who tries these sharp, delicious, tangy baked beans could ever be persuaded to go back to bog standard, or even organic, sugared baked beans. The taste of ordinary baked beans is dead in comparison. At one time Whole Earth did similarly delicious juice-sweetened products such as brown sauce, again a miracle of tastiness compared with the commercial brands. Please Whole Earth do so again!
Not just any old bean!
Wholeearth Organic Baked Beans are the top of the tree if value ones are at the roots!
So how do they differ and what can you expect for 55p a tin?
Well these beans are camp fire style. All you need is a tent, a starry night, a pan, and a gas stove and you can recreate all the feelings of the "out of doors" with these beans!
Alternatively you can serve them for tea with the confidence of knowing they are healthy and organic.
Made by Whole Earth these beans have been around for some time. Not these ones in the tin I have in front of me -but the brand!
Totally organic and suitable for veggies, vegans, and coeliacs these are sweetened with apple juice not sugar. They are made from haricot beans, water, tomatoes, apple juice, rice flour, sea salt, cider vinegar, onion powder, ground cinnamon, dill, garlic, ocean kelp, cloves, cayenne pepper, tamari, soy sauce, water, soya beans, and sea salt. So you can see these are not your average bean!
The tin looks very inviting in Easyjet orange with a beautiful terracotta farmhouse and poplar trees in the background. On the side it tells me that Brits eat more beans than any other country in the world! Each one of us eating our way through more than 15lbs a year! Crumbs that's a lot of beans. It doesn't mention the little windy problem that some of us experience if we eat these though- that probably wouldn't help their marketing! Seriously though Whole Earth are a great ethical company and one I have purchased from for many years.
These beans are a treat and one of the things which have helped them has actually hindered small health food retailers who are independent. They are now widely available in Tesco and Waitrose and are selling for half the price that they are sold in some health food stores where they can be over £1 a tin.
I think that they are very special and now the price has come down it is great to pop one of these into your weekly shop.
So what are they like to eat? Well when you pull the ring pull the first sight looks like murky, rust coloured pond water and you wonder where are those elusive beans? Then on further inspection as you pour them into a pan you realize that it was only the top layer which was juice, the tin is packed with little healthy beans. After heating them you notice they are very closely packed together and the taste is delicious, distinctive and sweet with a honey roasted flavour. You can taste the subtle flavours of cinnamon and cayenne and the overall taste is quite earthy and campfire.
All you need to enjoy these is a willing partner and a trip to the wilderness. A few burgers preferably veggie complement these so well and it won't be long before you are buying these from choice!
Nothing wrong with Heinz you understand but these are real beans with natural ingredients you won't get more natural if you made them yourself.
Try them on doorstep slices of granary toast-that's what I do and I have brought my family up on them.
The best baked beans in the world!