3 things you may not know about peas
- They were only eaten dried or ground until the 16th century, when Italian gardeners developed tender varieties for cooking and eating fresh.
- Green peas are among the top five veggies grown in Canada, along with potatoes, corn, beans and tomatoes.
- Sir Bob Geldof once canned peas for a living.
3 ways to try peas right now
- Savour the freshest snow peas simply steamed with chervil.
- Combine peas with fried mushrooms as an appetizer.
- Add some crunch to green salads by tossing in a handful of fresh raw peas.
3 types of peas to keep on hand
- Sugar snap peas, or mange-tout, with their succulent edible immature pods.
- Petits pois, very young, small, sweet pods and tender peas inside.
- Dried peas-chickpeas, split peas, black-eyed peas-for hearty soups and casseroles.
1 thing to remember at the grocery store
- Look for bright green, fresh pea pods with a clean, satiny look; avoid puffy or blemished pods.
1 tip you can't live without
- Cooking some of the pods with the peas or with soup stock adds flavour and nutrition; discard the pods before serving.
1 collectible to be on the lookout for
- Wire pea servers or perforated enamelware pea strainers, with their unique shapes and variety of colours.