Pea Shoots

Posted on Mar 5, 2013


I’m always on the lookout for new things to try at the farmers’ market. Currently Ohio is between seasons, and there are few, if any, vegetables available at my local markets, so I was really excited to see something green on a farmer’s table. Turns out they were pea shoots. I had never tried them before, but the lady behind me in line said how much she loved them and that even her daughter (who looked to be around 7) liked snacking on them at school. I, of course, had to try them.

So what are pea shoots? They are the soft leaves and tendrils of a pea plant. They taste just like peas, which seems weird at first since they look nothing like a pea. Plus the are nutritious and full of antioxidants. They are wonderful raw, but, as shown in the photo above, I decided to try them in a grilled cheese sandwich. I called it an old fashioned grill cheese sandwich. My mom informed me that an old fashioned grill cheese wouldn’t have goat cheese and pea shoots in it. I suppose she is right, but it was excellent on my homemade rye bread.