Fresh Peas & Beans

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Flickr: USDAgov

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Flickr: Stacy Spensley

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Flickr: penelope waits

Foods Included

Green beans, Long bean, Pea shoots, Snow peas, Green peas, Chinese long beans, Fava beans, French beans, Purple hull peas, Sugar snap peas, Winged beans

Description

Snow peas have edible flat pods and very small seeds, while sugar snap peas have larger and sweeter seeds and a thicker pod.  Shapes vary from thin, such as the green beans, to wide.

Buy It

  • Choose firm, deeply colored peas.
  • Choose beans that are firm, not soft and wrinkled.

Store It

  • Eat within 1-3 days after purchasing.

Cook It

  • Steam these vegetables and be careful not to overcook them. You'll know they're overcooked if they're mushy.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • B Vitamins helps our cells grow and stay healthy.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Folate, or folic acid, helps our tissues grow and our cells work.  Especially important for pregnant women.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.  
  • Iron is essential for red blood cells and muscles.
  • Zinc is important for a healthy immune system and for healing wounds.
  • Proteins are building blocks for our bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They provide a variety of nutrients that are essential for health and maintenance of your body.  

 

 

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