Peas are in-season for spring and are a crisp, sweet veggie that can be eaten in a variety of dishes. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and also provide vitamin A, folate and fiber.
When shopping for peas, you should look for medium-sized pods that are bright in color, firm and free of damage. They will stay fresh for 3-5 days in a ventilated bag in the fridge. You should shell peas just before preparation.
Peas can be enjoyed on their own as a side dish, pureed for use in a spread or soup and also make a perfect, sweet ingredient to many other dishes such as pastas and salads. This spring, look for recipes to incorporate more peas into your diet to help meet your daily needs for the nutrients they provide (vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and fiber)!
Kayla Michel, MS, RD/LD
Duncan Regional Hospital
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