It's Pea Time!

It's Pea Time!

Whether they’re freshly picked or you choose to buy them frozen, peas are packed with Vitamin C, and are an incredibly rich source of fiber. They also contain lutein which is important for your eyes.

Peas are rich in a wide range of useful vitamins and minerals. They are particularly high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, folate, and Vitamin B3. They are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin content which means that they help protect the eyes from macular degeneration that comes with aging. The B vitamins that peas contain may help protect the bones from osteoporosis, and they may help to decrease the risk of stroke by keeping levels of the amino acid homocysteine low in the blood. Peas are also an important source of protein for those on restricted diets, such as vegetarians. In addition, their high fiber content partly comprises pectin (a jellylike substance) that helps to lower bad blood cholesterol and may also help prevent heart and arterial disease.

Summary

  • Peas contain several heart-friendly nutrients and chemicals

  • Rich in carotenes to protect eyes and reduce risk of cancers

  • High in total and soluble fiber, which could lower cholesterol

  • Very rich in Vitamin C

My Recommendations

When buying peas in the pod, choose those that aren’t packed in too tightly. Older peas become almost square, loose their flavor, and become mealy because the sugars have been converted to starches. Young pods can be eaten with the peas inside and young peas can be eaten raw. To cook- steam lightly or boil in minimal water, because Vitamin C content diminishes in water.

Ps. While I usually always opt for fresh- I prefer frozen peas for convenience, not to mention- frozen peas can often contain more Vitamin C and other nutrients than fresh peas in their pods which may already be several days old by the time they are purchased.

Chilled Pea Soup is one of my favorite ways to incorporate Peas at the dinner table. It accompanies most meals as an appetizer, and is perfect all year round. Click here for my Chilled Pea Soup Recipe.

Chilled Pea Soup

Chilled Pea Soup

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