Erbsensuppe (German pea
Pea soup is a common dish throughout Germany.
It often contains meat such as bacon, sausage or Kassler (pickled and
smoked pork) depending on regional preferences. Very often, several
Würste (Wurst meaning sausage) will accompany a serving of pea
soup as well as some dark bread. Ready-made soup in cans is sometimes
used to prepare the dish.
Left: German pea soup.
One of the very first instant products was a pea soup
product, which mainly consisted of pea meal and beef fat ("Erbswurst":
pea sausage). It was invented in 1867 by Johann Heinrich Grüneberg, who sold the
recipe to the Prussian state. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out, the war
ministry, which had previously tested the possibility of feeding soldiers solely
on instant pea soup and bread, built a large manufacturing plant and produced
between 4,000 and 5,000 tons of Erbswurst for the army during the war.
In 1889, the Knorr instant-food company bought the
license. Knorr, which is today a Unilever brand, continues the
production of Erbswurst to the present day.
Left: Erbswurst, a
traditional instant pea soup from Germany.
For other types of pea soup see
Erwtensoep (Dutch pea soup) and
Finnish pea soup.