“I eat my peas with honey, I have done all my life, It makes the peas tastes funny, But it sticks them to the knife!” Find out more facts about the pea now.
- The Latin name for the pea is pisum sativum.
- The pea is thought to have originated from Middle Asia.
- The oldest pea was found in Thailand. It was 3000 years old!
- The Romans grew over 37 varieties of peas.
- Gregor Johann Mendell used peas in genetic research.
- The sweet tasting pea was first grown in the 18thcentury by Thomas Edward Knight.
- Elizabeth I had peas imported as they were very expensive.
- 35,000 hectares of peas are grown in the UK in a single year.
- Peas are best grown in late spring.
- When peas begin to grow wild and unruly, gardeners use bamboo canes and netting to support the growth of the plant.
- The most popular peas grown in gardens are:
a.Oregon sugar pod
- Field peas are used in factories, for freezing.
- Dried peas are used to make mushy peas, which are infamous as a side dish alongside fish and chips.
- There are many types of tinned peas including processed, marrowfats and mushy.
- Peas can be eaten straight out of the pod.
- One serving of peas contains as much as Vitamin C as two large apples, more fibre than a slice of wholemeal bread, and more thiamine than a pint of whole meal.
- It is estimated that over 9000 peas are eaten per person, per year in Britain.
- 7175 peas were once eaten in a minute with chopsticks by Janet Harris of Sussex. This was a world record!
- The proper etiquette for eating peas is to squash them on the back of your fork.
- The first frozen peas were frozen in the 1920’s by Clarence Birdseye.
- In 1969, the first television commercial broadcast in colour was for Birds Eye frozen peas.
- The UK is the largest producer of peas for freezing.
- In 1989, there was a television programme about peas than lived in overgrown flowerpots at the bottom of a garden. It was called The Poddington Peas.
- In 1990, The Rescuers Down Under featured a restaurant scene. During this, a pea dropped from a table. A talking insect took the pea and made his own pea soup for his “diners” aka mice.
- It is believed that peas that are boiled with onions, and spiced with cinnamon, is a powerful aphrodisiac.