The Precious Pod is based in Tunley near Bath, run by partners Ayleen and Mark who make organic houmous in small batches, with no less than 61.5% chickpeas in the mix, so no skimping on the main ingredient. Their obsession with houmous, means they only make it three days a week, to ensure consistency and for taste testing of the batches made that week. Ayleen kindly sent me all six flavours, plain, turmeric, smoked, harissa, red pepper and kalamata to try.
I had the plain houmous for lunch, with a huge salad and homegrown Charlotte potatoes, it is not too smooth, nor too chunky and the balance of flavours is spot on, the best houmous I have eaten.
The kalamata houmous was fantastic on a wholemeal wrap, with carrot and cauliflower tabbouleh and roast piquillo peppers. I love olives, so this combination was a classic in my opinion and a fabulous taste sensation.
The red pepper houmous, was delicious on sesame rice cakes for a light lunch, again great flavours and texture.
I had been told how fantastic the smoked houmous was, by The Allotment Vegan Restaurant, they were not kidding,
A deep smokey flavour, not too much, not too little, which was delicious on pan fried mushrooms on toast, for Sunday breakfast. The fact Steven and I ate the whole pot between us, says it all.
The harissa houmous made with sun dried tomatoes and chilli flakes, would be great dolloped on top of a tagine. However I ate it for lunch, on a massive salad, but enjoyed it so much, I forgot to take the photo.
I have yet to try the turmeric flavour (as Steven polished off the first one I bought), I bet it would be brilliant with poppadums or spread on chapatis, so will update this review, when I have. My favourites up to now, are the plain and smoked, I could not choose between them, I could easily eat a pot of each anytime.
I like supporting smaller companies, instead of the big guys and I love the ethos behind The Precious Pod and their quality products, so let us hope Booths retain this on the shelf, so I can keep feeding my addiction.