1. A pea was originally called a pease in English. The word pea was first seen in the 1660s.
2. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first known reference to mushy peas was in 1968.
3. The ancient Romans grew at least 37 varieties of peas.
4. The average person in Britain consumes nearly 9,000 peas a year.
5. Botanically speaking, peas in a pod are fruit not vegetables.
6. Shakespeare mentions pease in two of his plays: Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV, Part 1.
9. “Being pretty on the inside means you don’t hit your brother and you eat all your peas. That’s what my grandma taught me.” (4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694-1773).
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