Join us as we Salute Spring with a week-long series featuring the finest fruits and vegetables of the season. Written by Megan of Stetted.
Peas make me optimistic. After a cold winter, they’re the first of the spring plants to push through the dirt and begin reaching toward the sun. Once the tendrils start their grab, they’ll climb as high as you let them, only stopped by the limit of your trellis. They are harbingers of things to come, with lovely white blossoms leading the way for plump green pods.
If I had known how sweet and crunchy fresh peas could be when I was a child, I probably would have not shunned them as I did, choking down only what was necessary to be able to leave the table.
My son has no such qualms about peas. He gobbles them up as soon as they’re shelled, leaving the possibility for even attempting a recipe almost impossible. I can’t fault the kid.
All photos by Megan
Peas are one of the easiest plants to grow – all you need is some dirt and a structure for the peas to climb up. Trellises can be made of wood, metal, string, or a combination of those.
In our garden we’re using nylon netting strung up between two metal poles that had been use to support trees in the yard. I highly recommend using what you have rather than purchasing a lot of gear. Once the pods start showing up, you’ll be picking peas daily!
- 1 cup shelled peas
- 1 poblano pepper
- 2 avocados
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 lime
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- Set a pot of water to boil and cook the peas until they are easily mashed with a fork. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
- Meanwhile, broil the poblano pepper until blistered, flipping over once. Remove the pepper to a plastic bag and seal - this will release steam and help loosen the skin from the pepper.
- Peel the avocado and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork until it is the consistency you desire. Halve the lime and squeeze out the juice over the avocado. Mash the peas and add them to the avocado.
- Remove the blackened skin from the pepper, remove the seeds, and dice. Add the pepper, tomato, and garlic to the bowl. Add salt to taste and serve.
Do you love or hate peas? What’s your favorite way to serve them?