Fun Facts about Peas:
In-season- June, July, August
- The green pea as we know it today is only green because it’s picked when it’s still immature. A ripe pea is yellowish.
- Peas were used in the early exploration of genetics. Gregor Johann Mendel used peas to lay the foundation of the modern science of genetics!
- They’re very low maintenance – being freshly frozen, there’s no preparation needed, and there’s zero wastage.
Health Benefits of Peas:
- One serving of peas contains as much vitamin C as two large apples, more fiber than a slice of whole-grain bread.
- Peas have high concentrations of thiamin or vitamin B1. Thiamin is essential for glucose metabolism (enabling the body to use carbohydrates for energy), and it plays a key role in nerve, muscle, and heart function.
- A 100 calories serving of peas contains more protein than a whole egg or tablespoon of peanut butter.
Cooking with Peas:
- The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost.
- Don’t add salt until ready to serve. Salting them too early can dehydrate them and they won’t be as sweet.
- Try boiling, steaming, sauteing it, adding it to stir-fry recipes, and more!
Recipe using Peas:
- Grilled Peas
- Peas, in their pods
- Olive oil
- Garlic salt to taste
- Balsamic vinegar
- A few fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
- Prepare your grill for high, direct heat.
- Place a handful of peas into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle generously with garlic salt. Toss to coat with oil and salt.
- Place peas on the hot grill, arranged in a way so that they don’t fall through the grill grates. Grill a few minutes on each side, so that the peas are well charred, and sufficiently cooked so that the peas are tender inside.
- Remove to a bowl and drizzle with a little balsamic and toss with a little mint for extra flavor.