Three years ago we discovered that frozen “Garden Peas” are much tastier than frozen “Petit Pois”. They are cheaper too.
The shops are now full of fresh peas in the pods. They look so tempting but I’ve always found them tough and disappointing. I reckon that they need to be really fresh or frozen fresh to shine in the taste stakes.
This year I have grown two types of peas – both biodynamic from the Demeter range at Lunar Organics. A sugar snap pea (Sugar Dwarf Sweet Green) and a more traditional pea (Hurst Green Shaft). A week or so ago I picked a handful of the sugar snap peas and Danny bumped this up to two decent servings with frozen garden peas.
“This will be interesting as we can compare the flavour.” He declared.
Eaten raw (pod and all) the sugar snap peas are delicious. All that you could hope for from a baby podded pea. But I’m sorry to report that once cooked the frozen garden peas won hands down. Perhaps we overcooked the podded peas? They did need destringing so I reckon that we need to repeat the experiment with younger peas.
So from now on these podded peas will be eaten raw in salads, added to frittatas and used as a garnish. I’ve sown pea seeds every few weeks this year so we have more waiting in the wings.
Meanwhile we’ve started eating the traditional peas. Simmered gently for just three minutes they were very good indeed and Danny is eager to squeeze more plants into gaps in the kitchen garden.
As yet we haven’t compared the Hurst Green Shaft with the frozen peas. But I reckon that they are on a par with each other.
If you are a frozen petit pois aficionado why not go wild and try a decent brand of frozen garden peas – you’ll not be disappointed.
I would like to produce our own frozen and dried peas and this year I reckon that we have finally found the perfect pea. All we need now is a bit more space!
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