|Number Of Contracts||182||175||156||139||148||175||134||120|
|Gross Farm Value(.000)1||$9,889||$9,751||$10,049||$7,480||$8,721||$9,353||$11,017|
1 Value Net of Seed
P = Preliminary
Source: Processor Information Returns
Green peas are one of the first crops cultivated by humans and are native to North Africa and Western Asia.
By the Middle Ages, field peas where a staple in diets, used to keep famine away. In the early 17th century there was a clear distinction between garden peas and field peas. These crops were then introduced to the New World (North & South America) and regions around the globe by European colonization.
Frozen peas have been one of the most popular and wide spread frozen vegetable since Clarence Birdseye discovered in the 1920's that blanching peas before freezing results in bright green peas.
Nutrition & Health
Green peas are just as nutritious as they are tasty. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals, many of which are a very good source as defined by Health Canada. They contain especially high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. They are also one of the best sources of plant-based protein and high in fiber which can be helpful in regulating blood sugar.
Green peas contain: potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients help keep blood pressure regulated which in turn helps ensure good heart health. Green peas contain antioxidants flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C which protects cells from damage, reducing the risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer.
- Make a healthy and tasty salad dressing by pureeing a can of peas with seasonings and herbs.
- Add frozen or canned peas to soups, rice, or salads for a quick extra serving.
- Make Canned peas mushy and mix with feta cheese, pesto, garlic and cayenne pepper. Then spread the mixture thickly over toast or baguette pieces to make Peas on Toast.
- While growing approximately 3 million tons of peas per year, Canada is currently the largest world producer and exporter of peas.
- There are three modern species of peas and they are very complex genetically. Their precise domestication process has yet to be figured out.