A delightful combination of sweet and earthy, juicy and crisp all in the same mouthful, pea shoots are a fresh addition to dinner.
They are a more mature version of the pea sprout, typically "harvested" from either the sugar pea plant or the "pigeon" pea plant.
Pea shoots are a really great addition to any meal that is in need of the green vitality of nature. They are an interesting addition to sweet and savory dishes alike.
Toss them on a salad, throw them in a stir -fry, even add them to dessert. I’ve resorted to using them most places where I use fresh spinach. Today they ended up as the greens on a BLT (Wild Boar Bacon, Pea shoots, and heirloom tomato all wrapped in a collard green). They are crisp and refreshing and provide a delicious complexity that fresh spinach just doesn’t have. (sorry spinach, no offense).
From a health perspective, pea shoots are packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are also, as a microgreen, filled with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Research shows that they have 7 times the amount of Vitamin C and A as a cup of blueberries and are an amazing addition to your heart health repertoire. Pea sprouts are also a great anti-inflammatory and detoxifier at the cellular level. And the good stuff doesn’t stop there, research demonstrates that they are also a great intervention for insulin resistance and help with glucose balance in the fight against diabetes.