peasinfo:Peas are the seeds of the pea plant. They have a sweet flavor & smooth flavor. A good source of B vitamins and iron.

Store unwashed pods in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

preparation: Wash pods in cold water. Trim or snap off top & bottom of the pod, then pull the “thread” that runs along the seam of the pod. This should release the peas. Otherwise, slice along the pod seam.

You can boil, steam or saute peas. They also make an excellent addition to many soups, stews and stir-frys.

They can also be added fresh to salads.



from A brief history of peas

As most peas are a cool-weather crop, historians believe the main centre of pea development was middle Asia, including northwest India and Afghanistan. A second area of development lies in the Near East, and a third includes the plateau and mountains of Ethiopia. Wild field peas of related species can still be found in Afghanistan, Iran, and Ethiopia.

Peas were one of the earliest food crops. Cultivation brought stability to once-nomadic tribes, and made it possible for peas to be brought by travellers and explorers into the countries of the Mediterranean as well as to the Far East. …read more