Sweet Peas

Fresh Pea Soup

The word pea is sometimes used generally for a seed in the pod of any leguminous plant. Sweet peas are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae. They are also known as English Peas. In a 2/3 cup serving size there are 0 grams of fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of sugar. They are a good source of vitamins A & C, folate, iron, phosphorous. This delicious veggie is said to aid in energy production, nerve function and carbohydrate metabolism. Because of it’s high antioxidant content of Vitamin C, it is also a great for fighting cancer. Studies have shown too that sweet peas may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol. All in all, a great vegetable to add to your weekly diet!

Sweet peas can be shelled and cooked minimally. As with all vegetables, the longer you cook them, the more nutrients are lost. They can also be sprinkled over a salad for extra flavor and crispiness.

Storage and Handling Sweet Peas just like any other pea are fairly perishable. At Ambrose Farm and Stono Market you are getting them fresh from the farm so they will store for a few days in a bag in the refrigerator.

Freezing Simply blanch and freeze with the following instructions.

Blanching and Freezing Instructions for Sweet Peas