Peas - Green
Fresh peas are available from November until February, but even in season the supply is limited.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
In early times, peas were dried and used in winter, they are thought to have originated in Central Asia. In the 1500s, new varieties with better flavour were developed and people started eating them fresh. Since then they have always been popular.
- Peas can be eaten straight out of the pod
- According to proper etiquette the correct way to eat peas is to squash them with the back of your fork!
- Peas are frost sensitive but are a cool weather crop. In warmer parts of New Zealand, they can be planted in April for a crop before winter. In other parts of New Zealand they are usually planted in spring after the risk of frost passes
- When plants flower, the pods are ready
- Depending on the variety, peas can need support when growing and will need to be tied until they produce tendrils that can cling on to supports
- Peas like to grow in full sun
Peas are a good source of dietary fibre, folate and vitamin C and a source of iron, niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and thiamine (vitamin B1).
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.