Grow.Bar Organic Seed.Kit® - Palatable Peas
Pea greens may seem like a foreign concept to many people. However, the young leaves of the pea plant contain unique flavors, similar to it's adult counterpart, and they make a nutritious addition to any dish like pea shoot salad. The peas you're most likely familiar with are the small spherical seeds or the "seed-pod" of the pod fruit Pisum sativum. It's an annual and ancient crop, with the wild pea being restricted to the Mediterranean basin. The earliest documented use of peas date back to the late neolithic era of Greece, Syria, Turkey and Jordan, and use has been found dating back to 3600 BC in Egypt.
The plant was originally used mostly for its dry seeds and is constantly mentioned as a staple in the Middle Ages. Green garden peas were an innovation of Early Modern Europe and the mention of them dates back to the early 17th Century. By the end of the century into the 18th century, it became normal to eat the green parts of the plant, not just the seeds (there's even a 'Peasenhall Pea Festival' in the English village of Peasenhall, Suffolk with activities like The World Pea Podding Championships and The National Pea Eating competition!)
A team of scientists from Yale University were already studying these tiny greens back in 1967. Their results "showed that young pea seedlings grown in light contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E)" (healthwithfood.org). These studies also showed that the young pea leaves produce large amounts of Vitamin K, essential to normal blood-flow and bone health.
A 50g bag of pea microgreens (also called shoots or tendrils) "offers more than half of the RDA for vitamin C, a quarter of the RDA for vitamin A and significant amounts of folic acid" (peashoots.com). They are low in fat and make an excellent addition to any salad, soup or sandwich.
Our Grow.Bar® pea microgreens are tasty, available year-round and are super easy to grow. Our Organic Seed.Kit® comes complete with everything you need (100% organic fertilizer, seeds & all other grow media), all you have to do is water and harvest. The tiny greens offer a robust flavor, (similar to the traditional pea pod), as well as having components that mimic spinach. It can be used in a variety of different ways, and makes a perfect addition to any omelette, sandwich or pea shoot salad (check out our 6 step process to building the perfect salad for more guidance).
Grow.Bar® Recipe - Sesame Pea Shoot Salad
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 cup (or less) Grow.Bar pea microgreens
- ground pepper
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Saute the ginger and garlic (stirring occasionally) for about 3 minutes (do not allow the garlic to burn).
- Add the pea microgreens and increase the heat to medium. Cover the skillet and cook for about 1 minutes (do not overcook).
- Remove from heat, mix in the soy sauce and add ground pepper to taste.
- Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!
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