Quality of western Canadian peas 2015

Pea samples

Samples for the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program were collected from producers across western Canada (Figure 1). The Canadian Grain Commission received 496 samples consisting of 374 yellow pea samples and 122 green pea samples. All samples were graded and tested for protein content. Composite samples were prepared based on class (yellow and green), crop region and grade (No. 1 and No. 2). All composites were tested for chemical composition (moisture, protein, starch, total dietary fiber and ash content), mineral content, functional properties (water holding capacity and emulsifying capacity), and physical and cooking characteristics (100-seed weight, water absorption, cooking time and firmness of cooked peas). It is important to note that the samples reported by grade do not necessarily represent the actual distribution of grade.

Figure 1. Map of western Canada showing origin of 2015 pea samples from Harvest Sample Program

Map of western Canada showing origin of 2015 pea samples from Harvest Sample Program. Details below.

This map shows the prairie provinces, from west to east: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Each dot on the map represents a location from where a pea sample was sent by a producer to the Canadian Grain Commission. The number of dots does not represent the total number of samples received. The majority of samples of both green and yellow peas were received from locations in Saskatchewan. The majority of samples from Manitoba were received from western Manitoba. The majority of samples from Alberta were received from eastern Alberta. Samples were also received from north-western Alberta. Cities from west to east are: Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba.