Green Peas

Green peas, a spring time favorite, are loaded with vitamins A, B-1, B-6 and C. They also are packed with the osteoporosis-fight vitamin K. Vitamin K is known for maintaining bone health as well as helping the blood to clot to prevent bleeding. Green peas do contain some sugar and starch but they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients. One of these phytonutrients--a polyphenol called coumestrol--has recently come to the forefront of research with respect to stomach cancer protection. Peas are high in fiber and low in fat and have no cholesterol. They are a very good source of vegetable protein. The unique phytonutrients in green peas also provide us with key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Included in these phytonutrients are some recently-discovered green pea phytonutrients called saponins

Storage and Handling:
Refrigerate your fresh peas as quickly as possible. This will preserve their sugar content, preventing it from turning into starch. Unwashed, unshelled peas stored in the refrigerator in a bag or unsealed container should keep for several days. Fresh peas can also be blanched for one or two minutes and then frozen. If you decide to blanch and freeze your green peas, we recommend a maximum storage period of 6-12 months.

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