From next year, grain growers in southern Australia will have access to a new variety of field pea that’s in high demand overseas reports ABC Rural.
The white pea, which is named Pearl for its colour and clear seed coat has just been released thanks to Pulse Breeding Australia.
Research Agromist Eric Armstong works with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and he hopes the pea will be eventually exported for food production in the Indian sub-continent. “A good quality white pea like Pearl will be used generally for splitting, to produce the yellow split pea, roasting and frying,” he said.
“They also use them for dahl for cooking.”
Mr Armstrong says pulses are also becoming more important for growers as a rotational crop with wheat.