Sweet Peas

by Shawnda on May 20, 2011

in Garden

Sweet Peas

Peas were one of the first foods I made for our daughter, and it was the first food she refused. She just wouldn’t have any of the beautiful, bright green puree. I added a pinch of some finely shaved Parmesan to the warm peas and all of a sudden, she couldn’t get enough of them.

When she was a little older, we took video of her trying so very, very hard to pinch a single pea between two fingers to pick it up. When she finally got it, she dropped it with her hand only halfway between her highchair tray and mouth (that’s where the camera gets shaky and I cringe a little when I hear myself laugh on video).

Sweet Peas

We started peas from seed (er, peas) in mid-February. Three months later, the Texas heat has finally taken its toll and declared pea season most definitely over. The seed packet read, “prolific.” That was an understatement. Once the first pods were ripe, I removed handful after handful (after handful!) of sweet pea pods every couple of mornings.

We blanched peas and dumped them by the handful onto her highchair tray at lunchtime. Far more coordinated now, she quickly picked up pea by pea, one at a time, and popped them into her mouth. And because toddlers shouldn’t get to have all the fun, we tossed them with chicken, lemon, and couscous for a perfectly light spring dinner.

We sauteed them with a little bacon and topped them with Parmesan for a Foodie Groom-approved side. I made mom’s pea salad, a Sunday dinner (that means “lunch”) staple growing up. There is nothing like fresh peas!

A little bittersweet, I pulled up the pea plants this morning and replaced them with pinto beans, her favorite non-green food. After planting the pinto beans, I quickly realized why those were the seed of choice in elementary school science experiements – they germinate in under 48 hours. In 4 days, we had 6-inch tall plants.

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1 Apron Appeal May 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

This post almost makes me want to eat a pea. Good thing we have pea allergies all over the place in our home or I might be tempted to eat one of those guys. I’ve always thought peas resembled what glue paste balls would taste like. I’m not a fan of the texture. :)

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2 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 20, 2011 at 7:15 am

Gorgeous photos! I think peas are an underrated veggie:-)

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3 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride May 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

I’m so jealous of your garden. I may have to dig up a section of my backyard next year.

My little man loved peas. Summer squash however, not so much. He gagged!

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4 Joanne May 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

You have the greenest thumb of anyone I know! I’m so impressed!

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5 Haley May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Just saw your post on Food Gawker with one hand on the laptop and the other in a bowl of fresh pea pods. They don’t last enough time to get cooked in my house :)

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6 foodiebride May 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Love it! They taste *so* much better when they’ve just been picked!

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7 Abby May 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

i love it! peas are my absolute favorite… fresh, frozen or canned…I’m all about it. Love your photos

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8 Melissa May 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

Beautiful photos. My son would not and will not eat peas to this day. I am baffled because he will eat broccoli and sauteed mushrooms (he’s two) but not one single sweet pea.

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9 Sarah May 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

That pea photo is gorgeous! Peas are something I always remember liking and have always felt bad for those that say they don’t like them!

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10 The Runaway Spoon May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Gorgeous photo. I am still learning about growing my own peas, but I had a decent crop this year. I made a Chilled Pea Soup using the pods and the tendrils. Nothing wasted, and such an intense pea flavor. http://bit.ly/k5H4Uv

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