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Recipe: Sweet Garden Pea Guacamole

Recipe: Sweet Garden Pea Guacamole

Sweet Garden Pea Guacamole

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Mike_shots/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • mash :

    to reduce food, like potatoes or bananas, to a soft, pulpy state by beating or pressure.

  • peel :

    to remove the skin or rind from something using your hands or a metal tool.

  • slice :

    to cut into thin pieces using a sawing motion with your knife.

Equipment Checklist

  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Potato masher (or fork)
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Ingredients

Sweet Garden Pea Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 C frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 T cilantro leaves

Instructions

Sweet Garden Pea Guacamole

1.
slice + twist + remove

Slice 1 avocado lengthwise around the pit. Twist to open the avocado. The pit may come out by gently squeezing the avocado. If not, have an adult carefully remove the pit from the avocado with a knife, leaving two halves.

2.
peel + chop

Slice each half again to make a few long slices and then peel the avocado skin off and discard, leaving just the fruit. Chop the fruit into small chunks and add to a bowl.

3.
add + mash

Add 1/2 cup of peas and the juice of 1 lime. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash everything together until guacamole reaches your desired consistency. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 pinch of black pepper. Tear 1 T cilantro leaves into mixture and stir. Taste again and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

Surprise Ingredient: Peas!

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Photo by R Khalil

Hi! I’m Peas!

"Hi, there! Let's see if you can guess what we are. We grow in shells; you might see us frozen in winter, fresh in spring, and canned all year round; and sometimes we're “split” and cooked in soup! You guessed it! We're Peas! We're good in salads, soups, casseroles, mixed with corn and other vegetables, and all by ourselves! We can be tricky to eat, but if we slide off your fork, you can spear us or use your knife to push us back on. Or, you might even try eating us with chopsticks!"

HIstory

  • Peas in the wild are found in the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Archaeological evidence dates peas in Iraq and Turkey to 7,500 BCE. Domesticated peas were developed from wild peas starting in the late Neolithic Era (around 5,000 BCE). Peas are one of the oldest crops to be cultivated.
  • The oldest pea ever found was 3,000 years old and was discovered on the border of Burma and Thailand. 
  • During the Middle Ages, peas were a large part of people's diets in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. 
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries, peas started being picked when they were green and immature. In England, new cultivars or varieties of peas were developed that they called "garden" or "English" peas. 
  • Thomas Jefferson grew more than 30 pea cultivars at his Monticello estate in Virginia. 
  • Clarence Birdseye, known by many as the founder of the modern frozen food industry, was the first individual to freeze peas. 
  • The world record for the most peas eaten in an hour is 7,175 peas, held by Janet Harris of Sussex, England, in 1984. She ate one pea at a time with chopsticks!! 

Anatomy & Etymology

  • Peas are members of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family, commonly known as legumes, including peanuts, chickpeas, licorice, alfalfa, beans, carob, and soybeans. 
  • Peas are edible, usually green, round seeds that grow in a pod. The pea pods are technically a fruit because they have seeds and grow from a flower, but peas are eaten as a vegetable. 
  • Pea plants are annual plants, living for about one year. At the end of their life cycle, they can be cut back to the root, which decomposes, releasing nitrogen into the soil for the next crop of plants.
  • The singular term "pea" was back-formed in the mid 17th century by removing the "se" from the word "pease," which was mistakenly construed as a plural form. "Pease" came from the Old English "pise," from the Latin "pisum," from the Greek "pison."

How to Pick, Buy, & Eat

  • You can pick garden peas about three weeks after flowering. The pods of shelling peas or garden peas are inedible and will swell with the growth of the peas, becoming cylindrical before harvesting. 
  • Snow peas and sugar snap peas are edible pods ready to harvest about a week after flowering. The pods can be picked when they're about two to three inches long before they begin to swell and just as the seeds or peas begin to develop. 
  • For the best taste, you'll want to eat the peas as soon after harvesting as possible. Fresh peas will last in your refrigerator for up to one week. The more peas you pick, the more the plant will produce.
  • Frozen peas are almost as tasty as fresh ones because the growers freeze them within two and a half hours of being picked. Plus, they quickly thaw when added to hot foods.
  • You can cook and serve peas alone as a vegetable, with added butter and salt. You can also add them to various dishes, such as salads, soups, casseroles, and savory pies. Snow peas and snap peas are often used in stir-fries and Chinese cuisine. Peas can even be mashed and made into a sauce, a spread, or guacamole!

Nutrition

  • Peas are loaded with nutrients, including fiber, protein, vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin K, niacin, folate, potassium, and beta carotene. These nutrients improve the body's digestive and immune systems, convert the carbohydrates we eat into energy, metabolize fats and protein, protect skin and eyes, and help prevent bleeding.

 

The Yolk's On You

What did the tortilla say to the avocado when the dip bowl was empty? 

“We’ve hit guac bottom!”

THYME for a Laugh

What did the avocado say to the fork? 

"You guac my world."

That's Berry Funny

What is Avocado's favorite kind of music? 

Grock 'N' Mol. (guacamole)

Lettuce Joke Around

What did one chip say to the avocado dip? 

"Well, this is guacward … dip, scoop, munch!"

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