The British Edible Pulse Association (BEPA) revealed the winners of its annual crop competition for 2015 at its annual dinner last week.
A sample of Sakura grown by James Bullivant and entered by Wherry & Sons won the Rose bowl for the marrowfat peas category.
The best in the large blue peas category was from the Daytona variety, from D&R Tyrrell and submitted by Dunns (Long Sutton). The white/yellow peas class was won by a sample of Gregor grown by Bevington Smith & Partners and supplied by Dengie Crops.
Dalmark Grain supplied the sample of Rose grown by LG Wakefield & Sons that came first in the any other pea category.
Of the bean classes, the best winter bean was a sample of Wizard from Roydon Hall Farms entered by Dalmark Grain, while the spring bean category was won by Vertigo entered by Stuart Cree of Ebbage Seeds.
“There was a 33% increase in samples submitted for judging in this year’s competition, in line with the increased area of pulses grown in 2015,” noted Franek Smith, vice-president of BEPA. “We expect this increase to be maintained in 2016, a very special year for the pulse crop as it has been declared the UN’s International Year of Pulses.”