Pea shoots are the soft, curly-cue leaves of a traditional pea plant that are growing above the soil. Shoots can be grown from any variety of pea plant. Though pea shoots can be grown in a quarter of the time as traditional peas, about 8-14 days, they still offer a full pea flavor.
Store your pea shoots in the refrigerator, ideally no longer than 2 days, until they are ready to be prepared. Remove any coarse or yellow stems before you begin cooking. Pea shoots can be used to add a fresh, crunch juicy texture to:
- Vegetable dishes
- Seven times more vitamin C than blueberries
- Eight times more folic acid than bean sprouts
- Four times more Vitamin A than tomatoes
Pea shoots have a prominent place in the history of Asian cooking, it is no wonder since they are versatile and nutritious. Incorporate pea shoots into your own cooking by giving one of these recipes a try.
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