Yellow Peas 101

Ancient Superfood, Modern Benefits

Everyone should be obsessed with the mighty yellow pea. As the key ingredient in ZENB Pasta and Cracker Crisps, it’s the base for nutritious yet delicious meal-time options. But what exactly are yellow peas and why should be just as fascinated by them as we are at ZENB?

From Plant, to Pod, to Pea

The Yellow Pea Plant

The Yellow Pea Plant, known scientifically as Pisum sativum, is part of the Fabacea family of plants, the third largest group of flowering plants in the world. They grow only a few feet tall, usually in cooler climates, and produce around 6 pods per plant. Plants with flowering pods, or fruit, are called legumes, which comes from the Latin word meaning “to gather.”

The Pea Pod

The pea pods that grow on a yellow pea plant have around 6-8 peas on average. Although most of us think of green when we hear the word “pea,” you might encounter a few different varieties of pea pods, including purple, and the yellow seed variety used in ZENB products. When yellow peas fully mature and the pods dry out, they are ready to be harvested and turned into delicious gluten free pasta and crackers!

The Yellow Pea

The yellow peas used in ZENB products are harvested from golden yellow pods. Yellow peas have a subtle, nutty taste, which is probably the biggest difference to green peas which tend to be bolder and sweeter. In order to preserve as much of the benefits that nature provides, we developed a process that allows us to use the entire yellow pea, including the skin.

Yellow peas growing in a field with the text Yellow pea fields look green while they grow.

Nature's Superfood

Yellow peas have been nature’s nutrient-packed powerhouse for over 70,000 years. As a superfood, they are one of the most nutritious legumes produced by nature, fueled by all they offer inside:

High in Protein

Yellow peas are a rich source of plant-based protein, which is a key contributor to muscle growth and cell repair, and helps with bone health. Protein-rich foods can also help you feel full longer due to how they digest in the body.

High in Fiber

The fiber inside yellow peas helps sustain the microbiome the microbes inside the human body that help with digestion, maintain energy through the day, destroy harmful bacteria, and support your immune system.

Essential Nutrients

Yellow peas include all 9 amino acids that are the building blocks of protein contributing to muscle development, blood flow, and full body health. The mighty yellow pea also provides needed minerals like iron, potassium and zinc, and vitamins A, C, and K, as well as nearly all the B vitamins, like thiamin and niacin.

By the way, yellow peas are also gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and low in fat.

Yellow peas growing in a field with the text Yellow pea fields look green while they grow.

Small but Mighty

As crops, Yellow peas have unique qualities that allow them to stand apart from the rest:

• Yellow peas require less water than other crops like wheat. They sip instead of gulp water, making them more environmentally friendly. This leaves moisture in the soil, which supplies the next crop with water and reduces the amount of subsequent irrigation.

• Yellow peas deposit nitrogen in the soil they grow in, leaving a healthier soil behind once harvested. This nitrogen is “fixed” into the soil which reduces the amount of fertilizer needed for the next crop.

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