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All praise the mushy pea

International Mushy Pea Day
is back again this year and fun is the name of the game.

Taking place on Friday 9th November, the event is dedicated to raising awareness of the humble green side and to celebrate the nutritional value it adds to a portion of fish and chips.

At Harbour Lights in Falmouth, Cornwall, where International Mushy Pea HQ resides, staff are busy prepping posters, press releases, merchandise, recipes, competitions and pea jokes, which it will be sharing in a bid to get International Mushy Pea Day out to the masses.

A spokesperson for the event said: “These mighty peas packed with goodness are a source of humour and sometimes get some bad press. We are all about fighting their corner and making sure they get their share of the fish and chip supper limelight.

“The quest is to bring the mushy pea to the forefront of people’s consciousness; to praise our peas for all their history, taste, versatility and nutritional values.”

Last year, nine countries got involved in the inaugural event while Twitter and Facebook engagements hit the 20,000 mark and Chris Evans mentioned the popular side on his Radio 2 breakfast show.

Shops and restaurants took part by hosting a wide range of events from pea promos and pea eating competitions to posh pea wine pairing and pea pun competitions.

Organisers are hoping for even more support this year and are asking for shops to get involved and praise our peas. It has produced the following mushy pea trivia to help shops get started as well as a dedicated mushy pea song, which can be listened to by clicking here!

• Fish and chips being put together as the best double act can be dated back to 1860 although the mushy pea doesn’t make an appearance in documentation until the 1970s.

• Peas have been part of the human diet for the past 8,000 years and were very popular with the Romans and Greeks.

• The pea originated in Middle Asia.

• Mushy peas are normal peas just grown for two weeks longer.

• The oldest pea ever was found in Thailand and it was 3,000 years old.

• Mendell used peas in genetic research.

• Elizabeth I used to import peas as they were seen as expensive and regal.

• One serving of peas contains as much vitamin C as two large apples, more fibre than a slice of wholemeal bread, and more thiamine that a pint of wholemeal.

• Peas boiled with onion and spiced with cinnamon is a strong aphrodisiac.

• The proper etiquette for eating peas is to squish them on the back of your fork.

• Each person in the UK eats over 9,000 peas per year.

• Peas featured in the wedding breakfast for Kate Winslet and Wayne Rooney.

• Yorkshire caviar is its other name.

• Marrowfat peas have zero cholesterol, are high in zinc and iron, rich in nutrients, high in vitamin B, gluten free, a good source of protein, low GI, 1`% fat, and a good source of dietary fibre!


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