It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the provenance and heritage of peas, giving British consumers a reason to celebrate the little green nutritional wonders during harvesting time.
Great British Pea Week was launched by the Yes Peas! campaign to recognise the industry-wide effort made by experts across the pea vining sector, which produces 2 billion portions of peas for the UK market and beyond each year.
For the first time ever, British pea growers and farmers are offering UK residents the chance to ‘adopt’ a pea field for just 100p(ea), with all proceeds going to the FareShare to support them in their mission to deliver meals to those in need.
This is a fantastic opportunity like no other with fields going on a first come, first served basis (there are only 100 up for grabs) so move quick! All you pea fanatics can also get your hands on some special goodies including pea seeds to sow at home for 2022. Click here to find out more!
Britain’s Eastern Seaboard boasts a maritime climate which, combined with the soil and planting conditions, is the perfect environment for growing superior quality peas. The East Coast is home to some 700 pea growers and farmers, stretching from Suffolk right up to Dundee.
The harvesting process, which lasts an average eight weeks, is a huge operation which takes place between June through to August, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Harvesting machines, known as pea viners, work in unison to harvest, shell and transport the peas from field to frozen as quickly as possible, with the majority in just 150 minutes, ensuring the freshness and nutrients of each pea is locked in.