Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of peas. Peas are also Canada's largest pulse crop and are grown over a very large geographic area, including significant portions of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Canada grows primarily yellow and green peas. Smaller quantities of maple, marrowfat and Austrian winter peas are also grown.
Canadian peas are exported around the world as an ingredient for food processors and canners. Split and whole peas are available as well as pea flour, starch, protein and fibre fractions.
The global feed industry has recognized the benefits of feeding peas to animals. Peas are an excellent source of energy and amino acids that are suitable to diets for all livestock. Generally regarded for both its protein and energy content, peas are considered a multi-purpose feed ingredient. Pea and pea protein concentrate are also a protein source for aquaculture diets.