Peas (also known as green peas or garden peas) are a member of the legume family but are commonly used as a vegetable. Peas are small green and spherical in shape, they grow inside inedible pods and need to be shelled before eating.
Fresh peas are available from early June until the start of October. They also freeze well making them available all year round.
They are used in soups, in stir-fries, curry, rice dishes, boiled and served as a side dish and baby food and many other dishes. Peas on toast also make a good snack. Mushy peas are a common accompaniment to the British classic fish and chips.
Mint and pea soup is a popular dish, it’s super healthy and can be served both as a starter and as a main course.
Other pea varieties include Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas
Peas are a great source in plant-based protein. In a serving of 100g of peas, there is about 5g of protein, that is more than 4 times the amount of protein in the same amount of carrots. They also contain a decent amount of fibre.
They have a fairly low-calorie content per 100g there are only about 81 calories, cooked. Most of the calories in peas are made up of carbohydrates and a small amount of fat and protein.
Peas are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Peas contain large amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
They also contain magnesium, potassium and calcium. These minerals help high blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Recipe suggestion: Mint and pea soup