Known for its watercress and arugula, B&W Quality Growers Inc. is introducing pea tendrils.

B&W introduces pea tendrils

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B&W Quality Growers is introducing pea tendrils.

The Fellsmere, Fla.-based grower-shipper has foodservice packs of the tendrils, harvested after 2-4 weeks in the ground when the leaves are tender, producing a distinctive sweet pea flavor, according to a news release.

B&W markets the pea tendrils as a gourmet product in 1.25-pound foodservice bags. Future plans are to introduce a retail pack.

Todd Gosule, executive vice president of sales and marketing, in the release said B&W invests as much effort on grading, selection and packing as it does on the growing process to ensure consistent size and flavor.

Pea tendrils have a mild, sweet and nutty flavor and a crisp texture that makes them go well in salads and stir-fry recipes. Chefs are familiar with pea tendrils, according to the release.

Previously the only option up to now has been greenhouse-grown pea shoots and sprouts, Andy Brown, vice president of marketing, said in the release. B&W’s double-washed table-ready pea tendrils have a 14-day shelf life.

B&W grows watercress, wild red watercress and baby arugula in six states.