Picking Peas

Posted on April 5, 2007 

Picking Peas

Peas peaked early. All the rage in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, thanks to the development of tender, sweet varieties in England, they lost their luster by the 20th. Between the cafeteria cooks and the cans, both of which turned them to mush, peas became anything but chic.

The rise of their sexy edible-pod cousins, the snow pea and sugar snap pea, didn’t help. But I think the pea’s biggest problem is this: Farmers are hundreds, even thousands of miles from most of the markets that carry their produce, and peas aren’t good travelers. Though the pods themselves can withstand picking, shipping and refrigeration, the peas inside suffer mightily.


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