09 Jul Great British Pea Week
It’s another week and it’s time for a new celebration, this time it’s for our small green friends as it’s Great British Pea Week from 8th to 14th July! There’s no better time to celebrate these little green wonders as they’re currently at their peak, being in season from June to the beginning of September in the UK.
So what’s so great about peas anyway?
In the UK in particular peas should be celebrated as we are the largest producer and consumer of them in Europe. Each of us eats around 9,000 peas a year and it’s no surprise as an area equivalent to 70,000 football pitches is grown of them every year here. So green peas are definitely a cause for celebration in the UK!
They’re not only super popular but super healthy too and here are some of the health benefits of green peas.
- They use up stomach acids and therefore can reduce stomach pains which are the result of ulcers
- One serving of green peas has the same amount of vitamin C as two apples
- They are also a great source of vitamin A, vitamin B1, iron, phosphorous, carbohydrate and fibre
- These little guys are bursting with protein with a 100 calorie serving packing more than a egg or a table spoon of peanut butter
So, if you haven’t been already it’s about time you enjoyed some green peas and we’re here to show you how to make a simple Green Pea Salsa this Great British Pea Week!
What You’ll Need:
50g streaky bacon, diced
3 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 tsp capers, drained and rinsed
zest ½ lemon, plus 1 tsp juice
1 green chilli (deseeded if you don’t like it too hot), diced
½ tsp clear honey
100g podded peas
1 tbsp chopped dill
What You’ll Need To Do:
- Melt the lard in a frying pan over a low heat. Gently fry the bacon for about 15 minutes until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper to drain. In the pan with the bacon fat add the oil, capers, lemon zest and juice, chilli and honey and warm gently for 2-3 minutes so all the flavours marry.
- In a pestle and mortar, gently crush the peas, then add them to the warm dressing, along with the dill. Stir to combine, add a pinch of salt. The salsa is a great addition to a fish dish.