UK: Week-long initiative to put spotlight on Britain's 700 pea growers
Dried Common Pea
Published Jun 15, 2023
A week-long celebration of one of Britain's favourite vegetables and the farmers who produce it will commence in July.
A week-long celebration of one of Britain's favourite vegetables and the 700 farmers who produce it will commence in July. The UK’s annual celebration of the British pea harvesting season will return for its eighth year between 3 – 9 July. The week, which is spearheaded by British Growers Association (BGA), will celebrate British production and educate the public on how every season gets billions of peas from field-to-fork. The largest producer and consumer of frozen peas in Europe is the UK, with the average person in Britain eating nearly 9,000 peas per year. And this July, approximately 700 pea growers, who work within 16 different grower groups, will harvest 2 billion portions of peas to feed Britain for the year. Figures show that the UK is 90% self-sufficient in pea production, according to BGA's yearly campaign, 'Yes Peas'. Lasting an average of six to eight weeks, the harvesting process is a complex operation. Farmers work using viners to harvest, shell and transport the ...