BEPA UK Pulse Descriptions

The aim is to provide standard descriptions of the types of UK pulse products traded by BEPA members to provide clarity in the market place. These are not trading specifications which are determined by buyers and sellers in their individual trading contracts.






Large Blue Peas   Marrowfat Peas   Small Blue Peas
Large Blue/Green Peas

Large Blue or Green peas are field peas combined dry. They are blue green/green coloured of regular and smooth appearance and of a round or dimpled shape. They are never deeply wrinkled, as this would indicate a vining pea.

Seed Size: Large Blue peas have seeds >225mg in weight (less than 450 seeds per 100g). Natural produce from a crop will have variation within it.

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  Marrowfat Peas

Marrowfat peas are field peas combined dry. They are usually green, of irregular but smooth or dimpled appearance and of a large ‘blocky’ size and shape. Whilst genetically round like ‘blue’ peas, they do not really roll. They are never deeply wrinkled, as this would indicate a vining pea.

Seed Size: Typically marrowfat peas have seeds >275mg in weight (less than 350 seeds per 100g). Frequently they are considerably larger and occasionally slightly smaller. Natural produce from a crop will have variation within it.

Cooking test: Marrowfat peas will, after an 18 - 24 hour soak, cook down without physical effort into a kind of mushy puree. (Wrinkled seeded types will swell in a soak test but when cooked will generally hold together and will need to be broken down or crushed to form a mash. They do not ‘mush’ of their own accord).

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  Small Blue/Green Peas

Small Blue or Small Green peas are field peas combined dry. As with Large Blues they are blue green/green coloured of regular and smooth appearance and of a round shape so they can roll. They are never deeply wrinkle, as this would indicate a vining pea.

Seed Size: Small Blue peas have seeds 150-225mg in weight (less than 600 and more than 450 seeds per 100g). Natural produce from a crop will have variation within it.

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White/Yellow Peas   Maple Peas   Tic Beans
White/Yellow Peas

White or Yellow peas are field peas combined dry. They are white/yellow coloured of regular and smooth appearance and of a round or dimpled shape so they can roll.

Seed Size: White peas have seeds 150 – 250 mg in weight (400 to 600 seeds per 100g). Natural produce from a crop will have variation within it.

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  Maple Peas

Maple peas are field peas combined dry. They are light or dark brown coloured. They can be of regular and smooth appearance and may be round or dimpled/ blocky shaped. Some may be of marrowfat pea size and shape. Maple peas tend to go darker with time and some samples may contain completely black peas.

Seed Size: Maple peas have seeds >150mg in weight (less than 600 seeds per 100g). Natural produce from a crop will have variation within it.

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  Tic Beans

Tic beans are almost round in appearance. Colour ranges from pale brown to dark brown. Beans get darker skins with age. They can have a black or pale hilum.

Seed Size: Tic beans have grains 300mg to 400mg (330 to 250 seeds per 100g)

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Winter Faba Beans   Spring Faba Beans    
Winter & Spring Faba Beans

Faba beans range from kidney shape to oval to almost round in appearance. Large winter beans can have an indentation in the side. Smaller spring types have a filled out, rounder shape. Colour ranges from pale brown to dark brown. Beans get darker skins with age. They can have a black or pale hilum.

Seed Size: Faba beans range from 300mg to 800mg (330 to 125 seeds per 100g).

Winter beans are normally > 530mg (less than 190 per 100g).

Spring beans are smaller, normally in the range 400 600mg (170 to 250 seeds per 100g)

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