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Soil-Grown Peas

Soil-Grown Peas

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Peas are a type of legume native to many parts of the world, including Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. They grow in pods on the Pisum sativum plant, which is part of the Fabaceae family. Peas have been cultivated for thousands of years and are valued both for their nutritional content and versatility in cooking. They are typically small, round, and green, but there are varieties that come in other colors, such as yellow and purple.

Types of Peas:

  1. Green Peas (Garden Peas): These are the most common type, usually harvested when immature and removed from the pod before eating. They have a sweet flavor and starchy texture.
  2. Snow Peas: Flat with very thin walls, snow peas are eaten whole, pod and all, while still immature. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
  3. Snap Peas (Sugar Snap Peas): These are a cross between garden peas and snow peas. The entire pod is edible, and they are crunchier and sweeter than both garden and snow peas.
  4. Split Peas: Dried peas that have been split, they are used in soups and stews, especially in split pea soup.

Nutritional Value:

Peas are highly nutritious, providing a good source of vitamins A, K, and C, as well as several B vitamins. They are rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. Peas are also a great source of dietary fiber and protein, making them a beneficial addition to vegetarian and vegan diets.

Culinary Uses:

Peas are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. They can be eaten raw in salads, steamed, boiled, or stir-fried. Peas are used in a variety of dishes around the world, from the classic British mushy peas to Indian curries and salads. They are also commonly used as a side dish, in soups, and in pasta dishes.

Growing and Harvesting:

Peas are cool-season crops that grow best in temperatures between 55°F and 70°F (13°C and 21°C). They are typically planted in early spring and can be harvested in late spring to early summer, depending on the climate and variety. Peas grow on vines that often require support, such as trellising, to keep the pods off the ground and facilitate easier harvesting.

In summary, peas are a nutritious and versatile vegetable that come in various forms, each with its unique culinary applications. They are valued globally for their taste, nutritional benefits, and ease of incorporation into a wide range of dishes.

Nutrient Farm Vegetables are produced with the highest levels of farming stewardship.

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