Peas are members of the legume family and date back as far as 9700 B.C.
Whole dried peas, also known as field peas, are a good stand in for fresh shell peas and are best used in hearty soups and purees.
Split peas, which are more readily available, don't require soaking.
Peas are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of beta carotene. They also provide phytoestrogens and flavonoids.
Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=524