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All About Pea Greens

How to Buy, Store & Cook Pea Greens


Pea greens—the young and tender pea vines that you may find piled high in tangled bundles at the farmers market—are delicious simply cooked. Learn more below.

Where to Find & How to Buy Pea Greens

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Pea greens are sold in big tumbled masses at farmers markets and Asian markets in spring and early summer. Some specialty markets are starting to carry them, but they are not well suited to traditional supermarkets since they go bad so quickly. Look for bright pea green vines without fresh, vibrant looking leaves. Avoid vines with brown or mushy ends or damaged leaves.

How to Store Pea Greens

Pea greens should be used within a day or two after buying them. In the meantime, store them loosely wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator.

How to Cook Pea Greens

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Pea greens are at their best simply sauteed in a bit of olive oil or grapeseed oil. Some browned garlic or shallots add a nice bit of sweetness, and a squirt of lemon juice at the end highlight the bright, clean flavor of pea greens.

Pea greens are also delicious added to soups, where their great leafy volume cooks down into lovely green ribbons.

Before cooking pea greens, look them over and cut or snap off any tough ends. You can cut them up to make them easier to eat after they're cooked.

Note that pea greens cook down in volume a tremendous amount - up to 90%. To cook them for a large group you may need to cook them in several batches.

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