Petite® Pea Greens™
Inventory, 4 oz : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 01/31/23
Petite® Pea Greens™ are small, delicate leaf pairs attached to slender stems, averaging two centimeters in diameter, and have a uniform, oval shape that tapers to a point at the stem end. The twin leaflet groupings are bright green, smooth, and thin with a crisp and succulent texture and often have a delicately curled tendril emerging from the center. Petite® Pea Greens™ have a mild and pleasant vegetal flavor with a subtle nuttiness and sweet, herbal, and bright grassy notes.
Petite® Pea Greens™ are available year-round.
Petite® Pea Greens™ are a part of a specialty line of boutique greens developed by Fresh Origins Farm, a sustainably focused operation located in San Marcos, California. Petite® Greens are more mature than microgreens but are harvested before they have fully grown, approximately 4 to 6 weeks after sowing, resulting in small, tender leaves with full flavor. Pea greens are the edible leaves, stems, and tendrils of the pea plant, belonging to the Fabaceae family. Commonly the young, tender shoots of the sugar and snap pea varieties are used for pea greens, but English pea greens can also be eaten when young. Fresh Origins currently grows over 125 varieties of Petite® Greens developed with chefs in mind. The delicate Petite® Pea Greens™ have become a favored choice of chefs due to their beautiful appearance and sweet and nutty flavor.
Petite® Pea Greens™ are a significant source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, a vitamin necessary for blood clotting and bone health. The greens are also a good source of manganese, potassium, calcium, and zinc, a mineral that supports the body’s immune system and metabolism. It is important to note that the vitamins and minerals are found primarily within the leaves and not in the stems of the microgreens. Growing conditions also significantly impact the nutritional content, and Fresh Origins cultivates their Petite® Greens in a natural setting, an ideal climate for healthy, optimal greens.
Petite® Pea Greens™ are best used as a fresh, edible garnish or as a subtly sweet flavoring to dishes. Though somewhat fragile, Petite® Greens have a heartier texture than microgreens, allowing them to better withstand dressings and vinaigrettes. The greens can be floated atop soups, mixed into salads, or served in sandwiches and wraps. The delicate leaves can be served atop fish, chicken, or dishes featuring spring vegetables like morel mushrooms, sweet peas, green garlic, and asparagus. Pea greens are also traditionally used in Asian cuisine and are added to stir-fries. Petite® Pea Greens™ pair well with cheeses such as goat, feta, parmesan, and pecorino, aromatics such as garlic, ginger, leeks, and shallots, fava beans, mushrooms, radishes, citrus, eggs, seafood, and poultry. Petite® Pea Greens™ will generally keep 5 to 7 days when stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Pea greens are known as Dou Miao in Mandarin and are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. The young and tender leaves, stems, and tendrils of the snow pea plant are harvested before and after the pea season for peak flavor. The greens are most commonly stir-fried with aromatics like garlic, ginger, and chiles just until they wilt to enhance their sweet and nutty flavor. The dish can usually be found on traditional Chinese menus but are often left off the English translation of the menu. During the late 20th century, the popularity of Asian cuisine rose in the United States, leading to higher-end Chinese restaurants and gastropubs serving Asian fusion with a focus on seasonal produce. Petite® Pea Greens™ have become a favored choice for chefs as a modern twist on a traditional ingredient and dish. The greens also provide springtime flavors without seasonality constraints, allowing chefs to incorporate the signature, grassy flavor in unusual and creative ways year-round.
Pea vines are an ancient plant believed to be native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Peas are believed to be one of the oldest cultivated crops, with ancient remains dating to the late Neolithic period in the Middle East. The plants were quickly spread across Asia and Europe through trade routes and introduced to the New World during the early colonization of the regions. Pea vines have naturalized worldwide and are used in many different cultures, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and America. Petite® Pea Greens™ are grown by Fresh Origins in San Marcos, CA. Fresh Origins has been using the mild Southern California climate to produce robust, healthy, and flavorful microgreens for over twenty years, and the farm closely partners with chefs to create innovative varieties with unique flavorings. Fresh Origins also has the highest level third-party audited food safety program and is a certified member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, which follows science-based food safety practices to promote transparency and honesty in production. Today Petite® Pea Greens™ can be found through select distribution partners of Fresh Origins across the United States, including Specialty Produce, and are also found through partners in Canada.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Continental Catering Inc||La Mesa CA||907-738-9264|
|Hilton Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-5200 x4234|
|Candor||La Jolla CA||858-581-2205|
|Saiko Sushi-North Park||San Diego CA||619-886-6656|
|Lumi||San Diego CA||619-955-5750|