Peas Partnership with WWF

Why Are Peas Good For You?

  • Freshly picked garden peas and petits pois are frozen within just two and a half-hours of being picked, (retaining all the fresh peas nutrition)
  • No matter the season, freshly frozen garden peas are available throughout the year.
  • Being shelled and freshly frozen, they are ready to use. Just add to your recipe or pop them straight into soups, casseroles or curries.
  • There’s no wastage. Garden peas or petit pois chosen for freezing are the pick of the bunch and are easy to store.
  • Our peas are low in sugars and fat, saturated-fat-free, high in fibre and protein, and a source of vitamin C!
  • Did you know that peas are a great source of protein for vegetarians?

How To Cook Peas

  • Microwaving and steaming are great cooking methods for pea nutrition retention
  • When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in non-metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W)

Interesting Facts About Peas

  • The Latin name for peas is pisum sativum.
  •  The first peas were frozen by Clarence Birdseye who invented the 'plate froster' to preserve foods in the 1920s.
  • On average everyone in Britain eats nearly 9,000 peas per year.
  • The world record for eating peas is held by Janet Harris of Sussex who, in 1984, ate 7175 peas one by one in 60 minutes using chopsticks!
  • Thick London fogs of the 19th and 20th centuries were dubbed 'pea-soupers' because of their density and green tinge.
  • There are 35,000 hectares of peas grown in the UK each year, equivalent to about 70,000 football pitches. This produces about 160,000 tonnes of frozen peas - that's 2 billion 80 gram portions.