The pea is believed to date back 5,000 years to the Bronge Age. First grown primarily for the dry seeds, fresh peas were considered a rare delicacy until the 18th Century.
Green garden peas (a.k.a. English peas and Sweet peas) are a valuable source of protein, iron and fiber. Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar snap peas and snow peas, contain much less protein, but they are an excellent source of iron and vitamin C that work to keep your immune system functioning properly.
Frozen peas are available year-round. Right now they are in season, and can be purchased fresh, in their pods. Unlike sugar and snow peas, green pea pods are not edible. Green peas must be shelled, or removed from the pods – a fun activity for little children.
Age to introduce: About 6 months (cooked and pureeed).
Finger Food Mania: Macaroni and Peas
Green Peas are a challenging finger food. Served them cooked and your little one will have a fun time trying to pick them up. Macaroni and cheese can be a staple for little toddlers. Adding peas provides more nutritional value and tastes great too!
- 1 box of macaroni and cheese (Annie’s Organic is a great choice)
- 1/2 cup of cooked, warm peas
Instructions: Prepare the macaroni and cheese according to the package directions. Add peas. Toss gently and Serve.
Age to introduce: Over 12 months
Storage: Refrigerate for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 2 months
Peas for the whole family
Peas are very versatile and enhance any soup, salad, casserole, pasta, or rice dish.
- Sugar snap peas are the perfect snack for older kids. Just wash and serve (plain or with dip).
- Add 1/2 cup of cooked peas to rice or mashed potatoes.
- Add 1/2-1 cup of cooked peas to macaroni, potato, or pasta salad.
- Add peas to your favorite pasta sauce and serve with spagetti.
Freezing Fresh Peas: Enjoy the sweetness of fresh peas, long after the season is over. Select fresh peas that are well-filled with flexible pods. Shell peas. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add shelled peas and let sit in water for 2 minutes. Cool promptly in cold water and drain well. Pack peas into containers, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal, label and freeze. Lasts up to 2 months in the freezer.