Thursday, June 3, 2010

Veggie Crush: The Pea Tendril

If I were to pick a vegetable I was infatuated with, right now, it would definitely be the pea tendril. We had a brief meeting at the bakery, where they were pre-occupied with a quiche and I didn't get a real introduction. Enticed by their mystery I proposed that Jared and Luke incorporate them into a vegan iron chef dinner, and was delighted to be graced with the presence of a peatendril mojito and sauteed in garlic. Fantastic.

For our second date I chose a more intimate location, just me and the tendrils in mi casa. The chemistry was excellent. I look forward to a long passionate relationship.

Ok now, if you aren't thinking I've totally lost it, you are probably asking what the heck a pea tendril is! Well, let me introduce you to my new lovers.

Pea tendrils are the tender young leaves and delicate shoots of the pea plant, all of which are edible. They smell a bit like sweet clover or watercress, with a slightly crisp texture, and taste like a cross between peas and spinach.

A veggie seasonal to the spring and early summer, you will probably only find them in your farmers market or a specialty grocer. Pick out fresh stems with a bright green color, and make sure they are not too dry or stiff. They can be served raw, tossed in a salad, or wilted, by lightly steaming or stirfrying them. This is my favorite method. Add a dash of heart-healthy oil, lemon and garlic, and voila! you have a delightfully rustic yet exotic side dish!

One Sunday morning I sauteed them as above, and then added them to a tofu scramble. Delicious. Served with 100% whole grain toast, and a cup of coffee/tea and that's a satisfying and nutritious breakfast!

Have you ever eaten Pea Tendrils? Would/Could/Should you?

Breaking News: UN recommends a global vegan diet! The report states that is is necessary for the world to shift away from animal products to save the world from hunger, and climate change. "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products." See the full story here


Lori said...

I saw pea greens on a Food Network show recently and was intrigued. I guess it is probably the same thing, right? They served them on a sandwich. I would love to try them, sounds great!

Danielle said...

Pea tendrils sound amazing! I would definitely try them, assuming that I could pick 'em up somewhere... I've never heard about them before your blog :)

P.S. Thank you for the UN update! I LOVE THAT.

Stephanie Horton said...

Can we please buy pea tendrils and make that tofu scramble for breakfast this weekend?! I mean, you'll probably miss your new lover while here, so it's the least we can do to lessen your love-pangs. Awesome post. You rock so hard.

Annabelle Ho said...

I love pea tendrils! I had them for the first time last week. They're delicious and great in salads!

Michelle said...

I have never tried pea tendrils, and I doubt I'll find them in my city (it's not so veggie friendly) but they sound yummy!