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The Perfect Pea

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No tiny, puny, pitiful English peas here.  These are the long, beautiful, delicious peas you remember from your childhood.  The English pea, also known as the garden pea or green pea has a waxier, more fibrous non edible pod and must be shelled.  Simply break off one end of the pod, unzip both sides, and scrape the peas in a bowl.  Enjoy the sweet crunch of a fresh pea and try hard not to eat them all.

English Peas enjoy a short lived season and are at their best in spring.  Choose peas that are shiny, firm, brightly-colored pods that feel swollen and heavy.  Our first shipment of English Peas just arrived from Tutti Frutti Farms in Buellton, Southern California. They are grown in hoop houses and are picked when the peas inside the pod are fully expanded, but before they become too hard, starchy and lose their sweetness.

English Peas growing in the Tutti Frutti Hoop Houses

English peas are very nutritional, low in fat and calories but rich in protein. They should be eaten soon after buying because they lose their sweet taste and nutritional value quickly.  They can keep for up to three days when stored in a paper bag in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

One pound of peas will only yield about 1 cup of shelled peas so buy more than you think you will need.  Eat them straight out of your hand or add them in your favorite pasta, casserole or salad.  Be careful not to overcook fresh peas.  They can be lightly steamed and tossed with some olive oil, salt, and pepper if you want them to be crunchy.

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