sweet and bitter, tender, microgreen
Slightly sweet with bitter aftertaste and nutty undertone
Pea Shoots are the young stems of the traditional garden pea plant. Young and tender, with a sweet and slightly bitter distinct pea flavour. They are not only super tasty but also very nutritional and highly rich in vitamine C, A and protein. Fun fact: the microgreen contains seven times more vitamin C than blueberries. So replace your fruits for Pea Shoots in your green smoothies and you’ll reach you’re daily portion of vitamins quickly!
The origins of the plant remain unknown, however it is said that pea plants are one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world. Green peas were introduced by the Britains and largely consumed by the 16th century throughout Europe. Pea Shoots however, are very popular in Asia where they were traditionally added to stir fries.
Pea Shoots can be used for cooking in several ways. The microgreen is great to mix into spring salads, stir fries, pestos, tapenades, you name it! Sauté the veggies with some garlic and serve as a side dish or simply just top your dish of with some of the stems.
To sum up, we can describe Pea Shoots like this:
- Pea flavour
- Nutty undertones
- Earthy flavour