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 provideĀ phytoestrogens and flavonoids.

Glycemic Index=48
Glycemic Load=3
Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=524

*Split peas

Selecting and Storing Peas

Choose split peas and whole dried peas in clean, airtight bags bags. Store peas in an airtight container away from heat and light.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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