CBI Product Factsheet: Fresh Beans, Peas, and Other Leguminous Vegetables in Europe
In the European market, imports of fresh green beans and peas from developing countries are fairly stable at around 200 thousand tons annually. Total consumption has increased in the last five years. Spain and Italy are the largest producers of green beans, while France and the UK produce the most peas. The market is highly competitive, especially in the retail channel. Buyer requirements are becoming stricter each year, especially with regard to pesticide residues and other contaminants. Opportunities for developing countries can be found in off-season beans/peas, as well as in specific varieties (e.g. sugar snaps and snow peas).
The group of leguminous vegetables consists of a wide variety of crops. This product factsheet focuses primarily on fresh green beans or common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), mange-touts (snow peas, Pisum Sativum var. saccharatum) and sugar snaps (cross between the common pea and mange-touts, Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon ser. cv.). Mange-touts and sugar snaps are closely related to ordinary garden peas (Pisum sativum). Neither crop has a fibrous pod lining, and both can be eaten whole.