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Pea shoots

Pea shoots are the lovely leaves that adorn the common pea plant. While peas take a whole summer to grow, the leaves are harvested after just two to four weeks. They pack a lot of nutritional value in their small bundles and have seven times more Vitamin C than blueberries, eight times more folic acid than bean sprouts, and four times more Vitamin A than tomatoes. These tendril-adorned shoots are bright green, crisp, and taste much like their namesake. They pair well with meat, beans, and pastas and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May

Recipes with Pea shoots

Roasted Bresse Chicken with Spring Peas and Ricotta Cavatelli

Jason Pringle, Navio, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay


Caramelized Fennel Salad

Rachel Aronow, @raranow

Early Spring Farrotto

Tony Florian, Seven Hills

Fresh Fava Bean Crostini

Hoss Zaré, Zaré at Fly Trap


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