This week’s Vegetable Box Feature: Green Peas… which botanically is actually a seed not a vegetable!
Did you know?
Where to Store it?
Peas should be stored in cold and moist environments, therefore place peas in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of your fridge to keep them moist. Peas will keep for about 5-7 days. If they are stored too cold or for too long they will become soft and start to brown. They will also loose their sweetness, the sugar that makes them sweet begins turning to starch after picking.
How to shell peas:
1. Begin by washing the pea pods thoroughly to remove any dirt and grit that might be there. This will avoid any unwanted dirt falling into the container of freshly shelled peas.
How to Use:
Peas can be served raw or cooked. Boil, sauté or steam fresh peas in a minimum amount of water in a covered saucepan 30 seconds to 1 minute but no more than 3 minutes. You can add them to soups, salads, casseroles or enjoy on their own. Tip: add a fresh herb like mint or tarragon to the water when boiling or steaming to add flavor.
Pea Hemp Dip with Mint
Created by: Joyous Health
This dip is sure to bring sunshine and fresh feeling into your home from both the gorgeous colour and bright flavour!
1/2 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1-2 garlic cloves
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. If using frozen peas, first thaw them in warm water. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and give a whirl until nice and creamy.
Lemon Risotto with Peas, Tarragon, and Leeks
Created By: David Bonom
A delicious side dish for fish or your favourite protein.
1 cup fresh green peas
4 cups Chicken Broth (can use vegetable)
2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ cups finely chopped leek (about 2)
½ cup chopped shallots
1 cup uncooked Carnaroli or Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
3 TBSP dry white wine
½ cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
½ tsp salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 TBSP chopped fresh tarragon
1 TBSP butter
1. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add peas; boil 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well. Bring chicken broth to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
Green Pea Patties
A healthy option for an appetizer, side, or main dish. Serve with spicy mayo (mix of mayo and Sriracha sauce).
½ pound green peas
½ cup all-purpose flour, or as needed
⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP milk, or as needed
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt, or to taste
½ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1 TBSP olive oil, or as needed
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook peas in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mash peas using a fork.
Tip: Add ½ tsp garlic and onion powder to the flour mixture
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