Monday, May 17, 2010

CSA Week of May 17, 2010

From the family of Fabaceae, all peas are beans, (phaseolus) but not all beans are peas! Here at the farm we grow 3 kinds of peas: shelly which you only eat the peas out of the pod, edible pod peas, and dry peas. These next few weeks in your boxes you will be receiving Snow Peas. These were one of the earliest cultivated plants, about 12,000 years old. Of course, your peas we picked yesterday. If you don't sit down and eat them as soon as you receive your box, I recommend wrapping them in a damp cotton towel to be stored in a vegetable bin in the fridge for 3-4 days. Peas in a pod are alike genetically, but on the same vine, some pods may be different due to cross pollination. The first works in genetics were done on peas by Mendel. Although Mendel thought peas were easy to grow, I'm not so sure. I find that I have a lot of pea pests...gophers, lbb's (Little Brown Birds), and teenagers, who stand in the garden grazing. The harvest has been plentiful due to the lovely rains. And I think you should all give peas a chance.

Try them lightly stir fried with a splash of Mirin.

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