How to cook Peas
Peas are delicious in salads, stir-fries, soups, curries and stews, or as a simple accompaniment to meat or fish. Fresh peas taste best either raw or lightly cooked. To defrost frozen peas, steam or boil them for a few minutes. Don’t overcook them or they’ll lose their sweetness.
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ARE PEAS A VEGETABLE?
Although we call peas a vegetable, they are technically a fruit because we eat the seeds and seed pods of the plant. Peas are in the Fabaceae plant family, along with climbing beans.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dried peas were an important source of food for our ancestors. They were found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, as well as caves inhabited in around 9000 BC.
You can also eat the flowers and young shoots of pea plants. They are sweet and delicious in salads, or scattered over dishes such as risotto and pasta.
Some varieties of pea plants can grow to more than two metres tall. Others are referred to as dwarf varieties, and would barely reach up to your knee.
Fresh isn’t always best: Frozen peas are frozen so soon after they’re picked that all the lovely sweetness and nutrients are locked in, not lost.
What are the health benefits?
Peas are a great source of a vitamin called thiamine. Thiamine is also known as vitamin B1. It keeps our nervous system healthy and helps maintain the normal function of our hearts.