In Season: Spring Produce-Peas

Nothing is better than fresh spring peas! Check out tips on choosing, storing and preparing peas below:

Selection

Choose firm, bright green, medium-sized pods with no signs of decay or wilting.

Storage

Refrigerate peas in a perforated plastic bag for 3-5 days. Shell peas immediately before using.

10 Ways to Prepare Peas

10.Quick One-Dish Meal. Need dinner in a hurry? Try this great one-dish meal:
Green peas, Potatoes, and Ham

9.Add a Little Color. Brighten up soups, stews and casseroles with colorful peas.

8.Peas & Almonds. Use green peas to make Peas Almondine: Add sautéed onion and if desired, mushrooms to cooked peas. Saute slivered almonds in a small amount of olive oil until browned and add to veggies.

7.A Perfect Rice Pilaf. Stir peas into cooked rice or barley to make a pilaf.
Season with herbs.

6.Use as a Fat Substitute. Substitute mashed peas for half of the avocado in guacamole to
decrease the fat content.

5.Stir Fry. Add frozen or canned peas to a stir-fry at the end.

4.A Tangy Combination. Combine cooked peas, diced onion, and pimento and toss with
some poppy seed dressing.

3.Liven up a Lifeless Salad. Liven up your mixed green salad with some peas
along with other veggies.

2.Pasta & Peas! Include peas in your Pasta Primavera, or try this delicious Peasy Pasta.

1.Add to Salad. Add peas to potato salad, pasta salad and chicken or tuna salad.

 

Information from USDA SNAP-ED Connection & have a plant Fruits & Veggies For Better Health