Pea sheller

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A pea sheller is an apparatus designed to take out the peas from their pods. Early models were powered by hand, via a crank; later models are powered by electricity. Certain models can also be used for beans.

The mechanical pea sheller was invented in the 17th century.[1] Typically they press the peas between two rolls, which squeeze out the peas; sometimes the rolls have ridges that slice the pods open. Pea shellers have different types of mechanisms to separate the shells from the pods and other debris.[2] Washing machine rollers can be used, for instance.[3] Currently, pea shellers are made in the US by Welborn Devices of Mississippi, and Lehman's Hardware of Ohio.[4]


  1. ^ Eskin, Michael (1989). Quality and Preservation of Vegetables. CRC Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780849355608.
  2. ^ Chris Allen, Mark Hritz, Andrew Janosik, Dan Knuckles, Sean Mefferd, Michael Seiser (2012). "Ohio University Mechanical Engineering Conceptual Design Report: Good Earth Bean Sheller" (PDF).CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Burkhalter, Bettye B. (2010). The Generation that Saved America: Surviving the Great Depression. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781477287217.
  4. ^ Dawling, Pam (2013). Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. New Society Publishers. p. 184. ISBN 9781550925128.

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