A delightful combination of sweet and earthy, juicy and crisp all in the same mouthful, pea shoots are a fresh addition to dinner.

peashootgardenThey 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.
peashoots andeggsToss 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.