EN on Foods
May 2013 Issue
Pass the Peas, Please!
The folklore. The Old English nursery rhyme that begins, Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, provides a glimpse of a staple meal in the Middle Ages for peasants who couldnt afford meat and relied instead on a mash of peas and vegetablesthat may indeed have been in the pot for nine days. Peas, one of the earliest cultivated crops, may have originated in the region that extends from the Middle East across to Central Asia. Peas pack powerful nutrients, vibrant color and flavor that pleases healthy palates everywhere. The facts. Green, or garden, peas (Pisum sativum) are considered legumes, as are beans, chickpeas and lentils. The three types of peasgreen peas, snow peas and snap peasare among the few legumes that are eaten fresh, as a vegetable, rather than dried (and reconstituted).
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