IQF -Definition

In the culinary arts, the term IQF stands for "individually quick frozen".

IQF foods are notable for the fact that each individual piece of food is frozen separately from all the others. So that for example, a bag of IQF peas doesn't simply contain a solid block of frozen peas, but rather, each of the individual frozen peas is loose inside the bag. Obviously, this makes IQF foods much easier to work with.

How Do Peas Grow

Peas are a low-maintenance, cool weather crop requiring full sunlight and little water. Depending on the variety, pods are harvested five to eight days after flowering.

Soil: 5.5–6.8 pH (slightly acidic), well-drained
Temperature: 55–65 F
Planting: 1–2 inches deep, spaced 2 inches apart
Watering: 1–2 inches per week
Harvesting: by hand, every 2–4 days

Pea plants were originally all vines or climbers (indeterminate), but recent breeding efforts have resulted in dwarf or bush (determinate) plants. The following chart outlines the two types of pea plants.

How Do Peas Grow

Peas are a low-maintenance, cool weather crop requiring full sunlight and little water. Depending on the variety, pods are harvested five to eight days after flowering.

Soil: 5.5–6.8 pH (slightly acidic), well-drained
Temperature: 55–65 F
Planting: 1–2 inches deep, spaced 2 inches apart
Watering: 1–2 inches per week
Harvesting: by hand, every 2–4 days

Pea plants were originally all vines or climbers (indeterminate), but recent breeding efforts have resulted in dwarf or bush (determinate) plants. The following chart outlines the two types of pea plants.

Bush-type Vine-type
Size 12 - 24" tall 12 - 60" tall
Matures in 40 - 60 days 60 - 80 days
Cropping period 1- 3 weeks 3- 5 weeks
Grows best in Most areas in California Along the coast
Support needed Little fencing, if any Extensive trellising
Yield Lower Higher
Pod to vine ratio Higher Lower

NUTRITION INFORMATION ABOUT PEAS

Amounts per 1 cup (160g)

VITAMINS

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Vitamin A 1282IU 26%
Vitamin C ` `
Vitamin D ` `
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) 0.2mg 1%
Vitamin K Vitamin K 52%
Thiamin 0.4 mg 28%
Riboflavin 0.2mg 14%
Niacin 3.2 mg 16%
Vitamin B6 0. mg 17%
Folate 101 mcg 25%
Vitamin B12 0.0 mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.2 2%
Choline 47.5 mg ..
Betaine 0. mg ...

CARBOHYDRATES

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Total Carbohydrate 25.0g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8.8g 35%
Starch ` ...
Sugars 9.5g ...

PROTEIN & AMINO ACIDS

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Protein 8.6g 17%

FATS & FATTY ACIDS

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g ...
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g ...
Total trans fatty acids ` ...
Saturated Fat ` ...
Monounsaturated Fat ` ...
Polyunsaturated Fat 30.4mg ...
Total trans fatty acids 131mg ...

MINERALS

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Calcium 43.2 mg 4%
Iron 2.5 mg 14%
Magnesium 62.4 mg 16%
Phosphorus 187 mg 19%
Potassium 434 mg 12%
Sodium 4.8 mg 0%
Zinc 1.9 mg 13%
Copper 0. mg 14%
Manganese 0.8 mg 42%
Selenium 0.3 mg 4%
Fluoride ` ...

CALORIE INFORMATION

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Calories 134(561 kJ) 1%
From Carbohydrate 102(427 kJ) ...
From Fat 2.9(12.1 kJ) ...
From Protein 29.8(125 kJ) ...
From Alcohol 0.0(0.0 kJ) ...

Cholesterol

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Cholesterol 0.0 mg 0%
Phytosterols ` ...

OTHER

Amounts Per Selected Serving   %DV
Alcohol 0.0 g ...
Water 125 g ...
Ash 1.5 g ...
Caffeine 0.0 g ...
Theobromine 0.0 mg ...
Saturated Fat ` ...
Monounsaturated Fat ` ...
Polyunsaturated Fat 30.4mg ...
Total trans fatty acids 131mg ...