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North Carolina Green Peas

North Carolina Green PeasThere are two common varieties of peas, green garden peas that need shelling and edible-pod peas that are eaten whole. Snow peas, sugar snap peas, chinese pea pods and many others fall into the later category. They are low fiber pods with small wrinkled peas inside.

Green garden peas are legumes just like dried peas, except they are eaten at the immature stage.

Peas should be refrigerated; if kept at room temperature, half their sugar content will turn to starch within a few hours. Low temperatures also help preserve the texture and nutrient content.

North Carolina Green Pea Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Green Peas

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Forced Air Cooling, HydroCooling

Optimum Temp ºF


Freezing Temp ºF


Optimum Humidity %


Normal Storage Life

1-2 weeks

Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125