Peas are small round seeds that grow in pods above the ground on viney-looking pea plants. Eating locally grown vegetables and traditional foods helps keep our bodies healthy.
What do we know about peas?
Peas are sweet, green and easy to prepare. They provide us with many nutrients that help us stay healthy and strong.
Many northern communities have one or more community, backyard, indoor garden or greenhouse. What is your community growing this year?
Nutrients in peas
|Nutrient Content per Serving||
|Excellent Source supplies 25% or more of a nutrient per day||
|Good Source supplies 15 - 24% of a nutrient per day||
|Fair Source supplies 5 -14% of a nutrient per day||
- Reference Serving Sizes are from Canada’s Food Guide (1/2 cup = 125ml for most fruits and vegetables; weights vary).
- The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) amounts are based on the needs of a 14 – 18 year old girl.
- Excellent, good and fair sources of nutrients have been standardized for any type of food source.
Did you know?
- Peas provide an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A), which is needed for healthy skin, bones, and eyes.
- Peas provide an excellent source of vitamin C which keeps our gums, teeth and skin healthy.
- Peas are a good source of thiamin and niacin. These B vitamins help our bodies use the energy from foods and are important for growth, healthy skin, hair, nerves and muscles.
- Peas provide a fair source of fiber, which keeps our bowels healthy, our blood sugar levels even and helps to prevent diseases such as cancer.
How to store, prepare and eat peas
- Store fresh peas in a cool, dry place once they are picked (fridge works well).
- Peas can be eaten raw, steamed or boiled lightly.
- Most fresh peas need to be removed from their pods before they are eaten, but the pods of some varieties can be eaten also, such as Snap Peas and Sugar Peas.
- Peas can be dried to use in split pea soups.
Children can help grow and shell fresh peas for a snack or meal. Children eat more vegetables when they grow them, know where they come from and when they help prepare them. The great taste of fresh vegetables encourages children to eat them.
Growing food as part of a healthy lifestyle
Getting outside to garden is a great way to be active. Growing, gathering, and eating garden foods will help keep us healthy.
For more information contact:
- Registered Dietitians
- Community Gardens
- Local gardeners and the Territorial Farmers’ Association
- Territorial Nutritionist, Department of Health and Social Services
- Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment