peas

  • If you buy peas in shells (or pods as they are called) then 300g will yield about 1C (150g) of fresh peas. Shell them only as you need to use them as shelling them accelerates the process of converting the sugars to starches.
  • Fresh peas are best but frozen peas can be quite good too. I am told that they are frozen very soon after picking, so this locks in the nutriments. Simply measure out the quantity required and leave them overnight on the highest shelf in the fridge to thaw out.
  • Peas have been around for a long time. Some found by archaeologists on the Thai-Burmese border have been carbon-dated to 9750 B.C.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of peas are in existence today ranging from green to yellow.
  • Peas are a high protein food.
  • They are a good source of potassium and the B-vitamins.
  • They also contain complex carbohydrates, which release energy slowly to the body. This helps to maintain a consistent energy level.
  • Peas are an excellent source of the minerals phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
  • Peas are a source of dietary fibre. 1/2 C of peas provides more than 10 grams.
  • Peas are also a good source of Vitamin C, A, and folate which is a natural form of folic acid.
  • Peas are also a source of Zinc and Selenium.
pea pods

pea pods

peas

peas