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There are many varieties of peas - fresh and dried. Dried peas are said to be the oldest cultivated vegetable. The English favour the green pea while the French enjoy the snow pea (or mange-tout). In Australia we enjoy them all. The green pea is a round seed of the legume family that grows in pods on a bush or vine. They are sweet and crisp when fresh. Today it's rare to find fresh garden peas in their pods - if you can find them grab them and enlist some willing helper to get on with the job of shelling them.
In Season: Spring Summer Autumn
Look for fresh young peas with a bright green, waxy pod. Avoid yellow, split or dry-looking pods.
Garden peas can also be bought frozen or in cans. Peas freeze very well, holding their nutritional goodness. Avoid canned peas, they are horrible.
Buy them the day you plan to eat them or the day before. Store them in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
Tips & Tricks:
500g pea pods will yield approx 1 cup shelled peas.
Source: Stephanie Alexander (The Cook's Companion)
Add the peas to a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cover the pan and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and serve immediately.
Nutrition per 0.5 Cup:
Monosaturated Fat , g:
No information available
Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*
High Blood Cholesterol
* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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