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Bethany Bachmann
County Engagement Specialist


This handout provides information regarding peas in your diet.


  • Description
  • Selecting
  • Storing
  • Preparing
  • Recipe


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A flyer highlighting the benefits of produce.



Garden peas are a cool-season vegetable that can be planted in the spring and again in the fall. Peas provide zinc and vitamins C and E which help to strengthen the immune systems. Peas also contain nutrients that can help protect against chronic diseases of the eyes such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

When selecting peas in the pod from the garden or the grocery store, choose pods that are bright green and free of any yellow spots. The pods should also be shiny and firm.

Pea pods can be stored in a plastic zip-top bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Storing peas at room temperature can cause the sugars to turn into starch creating a pea that is less sweet.

Fresh garden peas should be shelled just before cooking. Rinse the pods and remove the peas. Like most vegetables, peas are most flavorful if cooked to a crisp-tender stage. Peas can be simmered in water, steamed, or sautéed.

Recipe of the Month
Peas and Mushrooms


  • 3 Tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms of your choice
  • ¼ medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pound of fresh or frozen peas
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Heat the skillet to medium-high heat and add butter.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and onions. Cook until tender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat, and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

* If using fresh garden peas instead of frozen, reduce the amount of chicken broth used.