Peas are a pulse crop, which is a legume plant that has dry, edible seeds in pods. Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours.
Pulses are legume plants that have dry, edible seeds that are grown in pods.
The term ‘pulse crops’ is used when crops are harvested mainly for dry seed that is used for human food and animal feed.
Lentils, chickpeas, peas, and beans are all pulse crops grown in Canada.
Peas grown in farmers’ fields are not the same type of peas that are grown in the garden. The peas grown in gardens are usually for fresh eating, home canning, and freezing. The peas that grow in farmers’ fields are harvested when they are dry and hard.
There are two types of peas that farmers grow: green and yellow. These varieties are both rounded seeds, which are used for food and animal feed. There are also seeds that are wrinkled, but they are mainly used for freezing and canning.
Peas are harvested mainly for dry seed that is used for human food and animal feed.