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A peck is an imperial and United States customary unit of dry volume,[1] equivalent to 2 dry gallons or 8 dry quarts or 16 dry pints (9.09 (UK) or 8.81 (US) liters). Two pecks make a kenning (obsolete), and four pecks make a bushel. Although the peck is no longer widely used, some produce, such as apples, is still often sold by the peck. Despite being referenced in the well-known Peter Piper tongue twister, pickled peppers are so rarely sold by the peck[citation needed] that any association between pickled peppers and the peck unit of measurement is considered humorous in nature.


Scotland before 1824Edit

In Scotland, the peck was used as a dry measure until the introduction of imperial units as a result of the Weights and Measures Act of 1824. The peck was equal to about 9 litres (1.98 Imp gal) (in the case of certain crops, such as wheat, peas, beans and meal) and about 13 litres (2.86 Imp gal) (in the case of barley, oats and malt). A firlot was equal to 4 pecks.


1 imperial peck = 14 of an imperial bushel
= 2 imperial gallons
= 8 imperial quarts
= 16 imperial pints
= 320 imperial fluid ounces
= 9.09218 litres
554.839 cubic inches
2.06411 US dry gallons
1 US peck = 14 of a US bushel
= 2 US dry gallons
= 8 US dry quarts
= 16 US dry pints
= 537.605 cubic inches
= 8.80976754172 litres
1.93788 imperial gallons
310.060 imperial fluid ounces

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "peck". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-29.