Peas are arguably the quintessential British vegetable. They are certainly one of the most familiar, iconic and nutritious parts of a ‘traditional’ British menu. Though that term, luckily, includes a diverse range of delicious cuisines from around the world.
Peas are in season, meaning this is the time to enjoy them as nature intended rather than from a deep freeze (that said, flash-freezing is a wonderful, nutrition-preserving way to keep veg fresh and support a balanced diet, year-round).
Why eat peas? Apart from the pleasant associations of fresh peas with a robust Sunday dinner, they are also a versatile and nutritious.
According to BBC Good Food, peas are high in protein and fibre while being low in sugar and calories. They contain iron, B-vitamins and phosphorous, among other essential vitamins and minerals.
What’s great, from a food-lover’s point of view, is their ability to enhance a huge range of dishes — or even stand on their own.
Fresh steamed green peas with just a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice, perhaps a few leaves of mint or basil, are delicious.
Equally, you can add them to clear soups, stir-fries, or add them (raw) to salads for a fresh green crunch.
If you want to make peas the star of your meal, there are loads of recipes and ideas to discover online. Here are a few sites to get you started.
- Serious Eats – 19 Great Ways to Dig Into Fresh Spring Peas
- Saveur – 18 Best Green Pea Recipes
- A Couple Cooks – 10 Tasty Peas Recipes
What’s your favourite way to eat peas? Share in the comments!