Pea Tendrils: Changing The Face Of Your Salad

pea tendril salad

Many people may hear “pea shoots” and think that this means peas. Of course, it’s a rational thought. However, many people are unfamiliar with pea shoots (or tendrils) and most do not know what they really are.

The pea tendril is the same plant as a pea, but it includes only the green stems and leaves of the plant (harvested before pea pods begin to form). The pea tendril is a basic green, and one that is extremely beneficial. Pea tendril salad increase the new look of your dining table. 

These young, microgreen pea tendrils are perfect for Grow.Bar users and provide a taste of spring all year round. Stop waiting for the few months out of the year to see these babies pop up at your local farmer's market. Grow them right in your own home.

But what is it that makes pea tendrils so awesome?

They are overflowing with vitamins.

Pea tendril contains **4 times more Vitamin A than tomatoes, 7 times more vitamin C than blueberries and 8 times more folic acid than bean sprouts. It’s incredible that these young pea plants are so rich in health benefits. They will kick the nutritional value of any salad (or sandwich) up a notch.

They have a unique flavor and texture.

Pea shoots have soft leaves, curly tendrils and are truly beautiful to look at. They add a nice aesthetic touch to any salad or dish. However, they also provide a unique and delicious pea flavor. They cook similar to spinach leaves, but can be consumed raw as well. They are a delicate green with an overall pleasing taste, gorgeous appearance and original flavor. 

They are low in fat and low in energy density.

Pea tendrils have just about 9 calories per 50g. And they contain few calories per mouthful. Research has shown that eating a low fat salad as a meal starter will significantly decrease a person’s calories intake for the rest of the meal (Salad and satiety: energy density and portion size of a first-course salad affect energy intake at lunch. J Am Diet Assoc.). This can save you hundreds of calories per week, without even trying. Your body will tell you what it needs; you only have to understand how to listen.

Individuals who eat salads daily also have better intake and blood levels of Vitamin C, folic acid and beta carotene (Salad and raw vegetable consumption and nutritional status in the adult US population: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. J Am Diet Assoc.).

Pea shoots may be a more common term than pea tendrils, but for these wonderfully nutritious greens, it does not matter what you call them. The curly tendrils and soft texture are easy to love. And they will inspire you to create your own salads, stir fry’s and even sandwiches.

Add them in place of other greens to make any dish a  more healthy option. Try switching out the watercress or spinach next time and use your homegrown Grow.Bar pea tendrils instead. Since they take about half the time to harvest as full size peas, you can still have all the flavor without spending so much time waiting for harvest.

They are a simply a convenient, healthy and tasty addition to any kitchen. And are currently one of our favorite seed kits available at Grow.Bar. Sign up today for chef recipes and to discover how to start your own harvest. We welcome you to the Grow.Bar family and encourage you to share with the community your creative ways of incorporating pea tendril salad into meals. 

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** based on data analysis by Vitacress (UK).

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