Silly Food Facts
Did you know that a pea is technically a fruit? Or that people ate peas in ancient Rome? In fact, the Romans grew 57 varieties of peas. Here’s another crazy fact: the world record for eating the most peas in an hour is 7,175!! What’s even more insane is that they were eaten one by one using chopsticks.
Why Our Bodies Love Them
Peas offer twice the amount of protein as most other vegetables, and they’re full of nutrients. A 1 cup serving of fresh or frozen peas offers more fiber than a slice of whole-grain bread, more protein than a cup of whole milk, and more vitamin C than two large apples! When cooking peas, the less water you use, the less vitamin C gets lost.
Care and Picking
Fresh peas are the taste of spring! Fat, juicy, green pods hang from garden vines. Nothing is better than splitting one open and enjoying its sweet taste right there in the garden. Peas are a cool season crop, and once temperatures exceed 70F, most varieties of peas will stop producing. Peas are not picky about soil type, but don’t add nitrogen, because you’ll get lots of leaves with few pea pods.
Want to grow your own peas? Learn how here.
Tips and Warnings
If you need to store your peas, place them in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator with a high-humidity setting. If you can, eat them within a couple of days for the freshest taste. Frozen peas, of course, are tasty year around. We all know how tricky it can be to corral those rolling peas on our plate, so try eating them out of a bowl with a spoon!