Peas

Drilling & Harvest

Continuity of cropping is achieved with the use of varieties with maturities from early to late and with sequential sowings based on accumulated heat units and infield observations of seedling development. Therefore selecting the best varieties for different soil types is crucial to our success. By ensuring we only select the best lines for vigour, germination and TGW means we can reduce our seed rates during drilling (mid February to mid May) and guarantee a healthy plant population from the start.

During harvest (early June to mid August) this is very much a military operation, with everything having to be timed to perfection, but thanks to our experience at hand and our dedicated team a great deal of care is taken to ensure that our peas are harvested and delivered on time to exact standards, something we at Aylsham pride ourselves on.

Varieties

Earlies:

  • Anubis
  • Style
  • Sienna

Mids

  • Jaguar
  • Chinook
  • Ruler
  • Bingo
  • Ruthless
  • Charlie
  • Starlight

Late

  • Oasis
  • Kenobi

Types of Peas we Produce

  • Garden Peas - These are harvested and frozen within 150 minutes of picking and so timeliness is everything to ensure the upmost quality and freshness is achieve.
  • Standard Peas - These are the economy peas and are usually produced from higher grade B, C and D peas.
  • Organics - Aylsham is the largest supplier of Organic peas into Pinguin Lutosa and so a great deal of time and resources is spent in ensuring the upmost of quality is achieved, as these are typically sold under contract to Waitrose.

Trials

Being a member of PGRO (Processors and Growers Research Organisation) based at Thornhaugh, near Peterborough enables us to keep abreast of any changes or advances happening within the industry especially when it comes to new variety trials. These give us invaluable firsthand knowledge of new material coming forward and an opportunity to have a look at these in field trials. However, within Aylsham we also have our own trials programme and each year we continue to evaluate new material coming onto the market in-house, as we believe this is the only way to stay in front.

Facts

Peas are one of the UK's most popular sources of food and nutrition boasting twice the amount of protein compared with most vegetables. They are high in nutrients and low in calories. The fibre found in peas, mostly insoluble, aids intestinal movement and may help lower cholesterol. Of the numerous nutrients peas provide, iron is particularly important since it is hard to find non-animal foods with much of this blood building nutrient.