Pisum sativum / Mushy Peas / Canning / Packet peas / Snack food peas / Wasabi
Marrowfat peas have many different uses around the world. In the UK they are traditionally used for canning, or as many of us would recognise them, mushy peas with fish and chips. The better samples are sometimes exported to the far east where they are used as snack peas. This is a completely different market to the UK and the specification varies greatly from country to country and customer to customer.
As a spring sown field pea (pisum sativum) they are sown in March and harvested in August, some 10 to 14 days after yellow or blue peas. This lateness in maturity of marrowfat peas makes them more difficult for the farmer to achieve a good sample and, as a result, they invariably reach higher prices than other UK grown pulses. They are grown on a wide range of soil types, mainly in the East, the Midlands and South of the UK.
Suitable Varieties: Sakura, Genki, Maro, Kabuki, Falstaff & Kahuna
(please note that not all varieties are suited to all end uses)