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There are many varieties of peas - fresh and dried. Dried peas are said to be the oldest cultivated vegetable. The English favour the green pea while the French enjoy the snow pea (or mange-tout). In Australia we enjoy them all. The green pea is a round seed of the legume family that grows in pods on a bush or vine. They are sweet and crisp when fresh. Today it's rare to find fresh garden peas in their pods - if you can find them grab them and enlist some willing helper to get on with the job of shelling them.
Category: Legume
In Season: Spring Summer Autumn
To Buy:
Look for fresh young peas with a bright green, waxy pod. Avoid yellow, split or dry-looking pods. Garden peas can also be bought frozen or in cans. Peas freeze very well, holding their nutritional goodness. Avoid canned peas, they are horrible.
To Store:
Buy them the day you plan to eat them or the day before. Store them in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
Tips & Tricks:
500g pea pods will yield approx 1 cup shelled peas. Source: Stephanie Alexander (The Cook's Companion)
Cooking Tips:
Add the peas to a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cover the pan and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and serve immediately.

Nutrition per 0.5 Cup:

Weight (grams):
Carbohydrates, g:
Fibre, g:
Fat (g):
Monosaturated Fat , g:
Niacin (B3):
Iron, mg:
No information available
Energy (kJ):
Low GI < 55:
Protein (g):
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Vitamin B1:
Vitamin C:
Folic Acid:
Very low

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

High Blood Cholesterol
Cold and Flus
Low Energy
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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