The consumption of legumes has increased since their healthy side was enhanced; they turned out to be more interesting in the eyes of consumers who started buying more. Considered to be real “superfood”, able to add the aspect of pleasure with health values. To contribute to the increase in purchases, the actual or announced lockdowns that have led to food stocks, generated fears about attending crowded places (such as supermarkets) and promoted the need to contain household costs.
In addition to the demand for long-lasting, cheap, healthy and multifaceted foods, behind the exploit of legumes there are also the preference for vegetable protein foods, the search for “gluten free” products and the passion for local specialties. Alongside the dried legumes and the boiled/steamed legumes, the ready-to-cook ones or the ready-to-eat ones, came the legume drinks, flours and legume pastes, and then the puddings and breakfast biscuits that make it the distinctive health ingredient. The most promising product, which drives the market in Large Grain, are snacks based on legumes.