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Pea Greens, also known as Pea Shoots, are the young vines on which Green Peas would eventually grow.

Season

Pea Greens are available in Spring and Early Summer.

Purchasing

Pea greens are sold in big clumps at specialty markets, farmers’ markets and at Asian markets in the spring and early summer. They do go bad quickly so you will have to be on the lookout for them. When selecting Pea Greens, search for ones with bright pea green vines with vibrant looking leaves. Stay away from Pea Greens with mushy brown ends or damaged leaves.

Storage

Before storing Pea Greens, go through them. Cut or break off and bad looking or tough ends and discard them. Pea Greens go bad quickly. They should be used the day of purchase, but can be stored, loosely wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Culinary Uses

Pea Greens are usually a big jumble that will be hard to eat if not cut down into bite-sized pieces. We tend to cut them down before cooking. Because Pea Greens are so young and fresh, they are best with minimal cooking. Sautéing them gently in Olive Oil with a bit of Garlic or Onions and a dash of Acid like Lemon Juice to brighten them brings out their flavor. Of course, they can also be used in Soups or Stews as well. They do cook down a lot though, about 90%, so use plenty.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes