Peas are harvested throughout september and october in California, whereas in South Africa harvest time is around february and march. It is important to harvest them shortly before becoming fully ripe, because they would be too soft for further processing. Directly afterwards they get shockfrosted, cut in half – and dried as mottled pieces. The unfumigated fruits are better in terms of taste as the fumigated ones, as they have a degree of moisture up to eighteen percent. Nevertheless the unfumigated product is more expensive, mainly because more fresh fruits need to be applied for production. Moreover, the drying process takes longer, which lets them loose more weight.
The main pear-exporting countries are South Africa, Argentina and China.