June's Superfood: Green Peas (+ 5 New Ways to Eat!)

June's Superfood: Green Peas (+ 5 New Ways to Eat!)

Sweet, sweet summer is here! We’re already loving the warm weather, long days, and super fresh veggies that come with this season of sunshine. June is an ideal time for seasonal favorites like corn, eggplant, and squash — but, today is all about the little wonder that is the green pea.

June's Superfood: Green Peas

Why Peas?

Often one of the first foods introduced to baby, green peas are a small but mighty staple. Just one cup of fresh peas has about 96% of your daily vitamin C requirement, making it an excellent source. Surprisingly enough, peas also provide protein so they make an especially great addition to a plant-based diet. It’s time to give peas a chance, people!


This super food is freshest in June, so keep a look out for them popping up at your local farmers market. You can also buy organic frozen peas to enjoy year-round. Always choose firm, smooth, brightly colored pods with no signs of wilting.


Before enjoying green peas, always wash them thoroughly. To shell, trim the top of the pea pod then peel away the spine to “zip” it open and pop out your peas. You can also eat them as-is — they go great in school lunch box! Steam fresh or frozen peas and serve as a simple side dish, or try one of our more creative recipe suggestions below.

5 Ways to Play Up Your Peas

  1. Blend peas into a pesto with pine nuts and olive oil and serve over your favorite pasta.
  2. Toss raw peas into a summer salad to add some nutritious texture to your plate.
  3. Make a veggie saute with peas and asparagus spears for a more interesting side.
  4. Whip up a green pea hummus by combining with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic; serve with fresh pita for an A+ appetizer.
  5. Scramble with eggs, feta, and fresh herbs for a tasty breakfast frittata.

How do you like your peas? Let us know in the comments section below!

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