Peas are nothing short of amazing with their impressive nutrition register. These tall shoots bring a sweet taste to most dishes. Why not try them raw or maybe with sesame oil and garlic, which has long been done in Asian cooking.
What Are Pea Microgreens?
Pea Microgreens are mini veggies filled with high nutrition. Having a sweet and tender taste, these mini leaves are excellent to eat both raw or cooked. They are very easy to grow and make a great garnish or addition to any salad.
The seeds need a bit time for soaking and a little bit longer growing time than most microgreens, but the wait is worth it!
|Growing period||9-14 days|
|Flavor||Sweet & Tender taste|
|Buy seeds||Pea seeds from True Leaf Market|
There are many doubts about peas origin. What is more certain is that it has been around for a very long time, some say even more than 10.000 years ago, and it is today one of the most common foods to grow.
Peas were one of the first plants cultivated by humans and remains an important food crop today. Peas are a member of the legume family, Fabaceae, along with beans and peanuts.
The pea plant is an annual herb and its full-grown version can be a bush or vine depending on the variety. As a microgreen, the pea will give you a long stem with a leafy top. The pea shoots are sweet and delicious.
General Nutrition & Benefits
The Pea Microgreens have an incredible high-quality protein content. Peas are a good source of carbohydrates and protein, as well as Vitamin A which helps to keep an immune system and eyes healthy. They also contain Vitamin C and E and folic acid.
How to Grow Pea Microgreens
Like other microgreens, pea shoots are harvested at a very young age, just before the plant’s true leaves emerge.
|Growing timeline (estimated)|
|Preferred medium||Soil/coconut coir|
|Avg. seed weight (10/20 tray)||250 grams|
|Germination period (blackout)||Day 1-4 (put some weight on for 3 days)|
|Growth time (sunlight)||Day 5-8|
Pea needs a little bit longer end-to-end growing time than some other microgreens. The seeds need to be soaked for about 6-12 hours before you can start the growing process.
The seeds don’t have a long viability span and can be stored for about 3 years, so make sure to check the best before the date and start to get them growing.
They are primarily grown in soil or coconut coir as they have very prominent root systems. They need the nutritious soil for the root structure to take hold.
You can let these microgreens grow a bit longer and harvest them as pea shoots. You can start to harvest them when they seem like they’ll begin to bend over, between 6″ – 10″ above the soil. Cut them with a sharp scissor 1″-2″ above the seed.
You will now have amazingly fresh and green pea microgreens to add to your dishes. Depending on how much you grow and if you are not ready to eat it all at once, you can store them in resealable bags in the refrigerator.
A tip is to not wash them before you store them as water will make the pea shots deteriorate faster. If you keep them dry in the fridge you should be good for storing them for about 2 weeks.
Pea microgreens can be used in different dishes such as salads, green juices, on your sandwich or just by simply eating them right from the planting pot.