Green peas are good for us and the environment
- pea crops can provide the soil with important benefits
- peas are able to take nitrogen gas from the air and increase nitrogen’s availability in the soil without the need for added fertilizer.
- with a relatively shallow root system, peas can help prevent erosion of the soil
- once the peas have been picked, the plant remainders tend to break down relatively easily for soil replenishment.
- Finally, rotation of peas with other crops has been shown to lower the risk of pest problems.
- These environmentally friendly aspects of pea production add to their desirability as a regular part of our diet.
Reliable source of omega-3
- extremely low in fat but, surprisingly, a reliable source of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
- one cup of green peas has about 30 milligrams of ALA.
- about 130 milligrams of the essential omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, can also be found in a cup of green peas.
These fats help to provide us with
- important fat-soluble nutrients
- sizable amounts of beta-carotene
- small but valuable amounts of vitamin E
How to Store
- Try using fresh peas on the day of purchase. But, if not, refrigerate them as quickly as possible to preserve their sugar content.
- Unwashed, unshelled peas stored in the refrigerator in a bag or unsealed container will keep for several days.
- Fresh peas can also be blanched for one or two minutes and then frozen. We recomment a maximum storage period of 6-12 months if you decide to blanch and freeze green peas, .
Tips for Preparing Green Peas
Sugar Snap Peas:
- Snap peas and snow peas can be eaten raw
- the cooking process will cause them to become sweeter
- either way, they should be rinsed beforehand
- boil a pot of salted water and boil whole pea pods for a few minutes or until done. Drain and rinse with cold water. Use in any recipe.
Classic Garden Peas:
- Before you remove the peas from the pod, rinse them briefly under running water.
- To easily shell them, snap off the top and bottom of the pod and then gently pull off the “thread” that lines the seam of most pea pods.
- For those that do not have “threads,” carefully cut through the seam, making sure not to cut into the peas.
- Gently open the pods to remove the seeds, which do not need to be washed since they have been encased in the pod.
- Support for Blood Sugar Regulation
- Heart Health Promotion
- Protection Against Stomach Cancer
Very good source of
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
Good source of
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B2