Peas are sweet vegetables that are part of the legume family. They one of a few members of the legume family that are commonly sold and cooked as fresh vegetables (the others are more commonly sold in dried form). There are generally three types of peas that are commonly eaten: garden or green peas, snow peas and snap peas. The pods of both snow peas and snap peas are edible, with a slightly sweeter than the garden pea and make for a great dipping food.
Introduction: 8 months
Green peas are sold fresh, canned or frozen.
Fresh is always best – but if you are unable to find them, frozen peas are preferable to canned ones as they retain a better colour, flavour and texture. They are also not exposed to BPA as the canned ones are. Frozen peas must be consumed within 6 months of their packing date to ensure maximum nutrient content.
When choosing fresh peas, their colour should be a lively medium green. Peas that are especially light or dark, or those that are yellow, whitish or are speckled with grey, should be avoided. Additionally, do not choose pods that are puffy, water soaked or have mildew residue.
Garden Peas are one of the EWG’s Clean Fifteen so purchasing organic is optional.
Fresh peas should be refrigerated immediately after purchase to prevent the sugars from converting to starch.
Store unwashed, fresh, raw peas in a bag or sealed container in the refrigerator for 7 days.
Store blanched peas in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Soak the pea pods in a salt-, vinegar-, or hydrogen peroxide water solution for 20 minutes then rinse under running water.
Snow peas and snap peas can be eaten raw, pods and all – although cooking them briefly makes them softer and sweeter.
Once the garden pea pods have been washed, you can snap off either end, open the pod and scrape the peas out. These do not need additional washing as they have been encased in the pod.
Peas can be sautéed, steamed or boiled for 3 minutes.
Peas are very easy to grow at home and as they grow, they add nutrients to the soil which benefits your other vegetables and herbs. They are a great way to introduce your little one to where food really comes from – Mila loves finding the ripe pods on the vine, popping them open and eating the peas straight away. She reacts as if she has found treasure! It is, actually, the only way she eats peas.
Peas are an EXCELLENT source of: phytonutrients.
Peas are a VERY GOOD source of: vitamins B1, C and K, manganese, dietary fibre, copper, phosphorus, and folate.
Peas are a GOOD source of: vitamins B2 and B6, niacin, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, and choline.