Peas - Green Pods
Peas are a great low calorie source of protein, and they can be easily prepared in soups, casseroles, curries or stews.
How do we make sure we provide top quality peas?
Simple – we grow them ourselves! Sam draws on 3 generations of horticultural experience to grow crisp, sweet and full-flavoured peas. When we harvest, we only hand-pick peas if they have firm, glossy pods, and a slightly velvety feel. We also check the colour of the pod, to make sure it’s not dull, yellowing or heavily speckled. Then we do the classic ‘shake for freshness’ test, to make sure the peas are firmly within the pod, and have not dried out.
Where do we source our peas from?
Some of our peas come direct from our farm – planted, cultivated and hand-picked by Sam and the team. Peas are a cool season annual crop, and require slightly acidic, well-drained soils. They are planted in late winter, when the soil temperature reaches about 10°C. The best place to grow them in Victoria is on the higher altitude farms around Anakie and the Sunraysia district, and what we don’t grow ourselves is usually sourced from there.
What is the best way to keep peas?
Store peas in the fridge – it helps preserve their texture, nutrient content and sweetness. They are best stored in a perforated plastic bag. To ensure the best eating, don’t shell them until you’re ready to cook them.
Peas nutritional information
Peas are bursting with nutrients – they’re an excellent source of thiamine, niacin, and vitamin C and are also high in fibre, phosphorous and iron. They are also a great source of protein (a cup of peas contains more protein than an egg). Eat them fresh – the longer you keep them, the more thiamine and niacin they lose.
Peas serving tips and suggestions
Take a handful to work and shell for a guilt-free snack – peas come in their own convenient packaging! When serving as a side, try boiling and flavouring with butter and spearmint, delicious!
*All weights are approx*