One of my favorite things about the Farmers Market is that it shows me a world of new vegetables to experiment with! Case 1: The Pea Tendril.
Pea tendrils (also know as pea shoots or greens) are the tender young leaves and delicate shoots of the pea plant, all of which are edible. They have a crisp texture and taste like a cross between peas and spinach. This is an exciting way to get your nutrient-rich greens in, and they are high in vitamin A and C, and folic acid.
A veggie seasonal to the spring and early summer, you will probably only find them in your farmers market or a specialty grocer. Pick out fresh stems with a bright green color, and make sure they are not too dry or stiff. They can be served raw, tossed in a salad, or wilted, by lightly steaming or stir-frying them. This is my favorite method. Add a dash of heart-healthy oil, lemon and garlic, and voila! you have a delightfully rustic yet exotic side dish!
One Sunday morning I sauteed them as above, and then added them to a tofu scramble. Delicious. Served with 100% whole grain toast, and a cup of coffee/tea and that’s a satisfying and nutritious breakfast! You can find more great recipes that incorporate pea tendrils here!
Have you ever tried Pea Tendrils? What new fruit or vegetable have you tried lately? Are you a picky eater that likes to stick to tried and true foods, or are you an adventurous eater?? Do you shop at your farmers’ market? I’m dying to know!!