Pea Shoots make excellent garnishes, but they should never be left on your plate! Why? Because they are so full of nutrients they deserve to be eaten! Pea Shoots are the young leaves of the pea plant, which are harvested as a microgreen – at just a few weeks of growth.
They taste like peas, so not only are they scrumptious, they pack a powerful nutrient punch. That’s right, Pea Shoots contain vitamin C, vitamin A and are super rich in antioxidants which provide anti-inflammatory and phytonutrients to support the body’s immune system.
If you’re looking to boost the nutritional value of your meals, the Pea Shoot can be used in a variety of meals. Try adding them to a pasta for subtle texture and taste. See our Pea Shoot Pesto Pasta with Spring Vegetables recipe – its’s a crowd pleaser!
Aussie Sprouts are grown in the most natural environment, requiring just pure sunlight and water to thrive. There are no additives or nasties hidden in our products, just pure wholesome ready-to-eat goodness for the whole family.
For tonight’s dinner inspiration see our tantalising Pea Shoot recipes here:
- Seared Salmon with Pea Puree & Pea Shoot Salad
- Bruschetta with Pea Shoot Pesto & Mozzarella
- Herby Chicken Schnitzel with Pea, Pea Shoot, Feta & Mint Salad
- Roast Chicken Rice Paper Rolls
- Pork Noodle & Sprout Stir Fry
Benefits of Pea Shoots
Pea shoots are a great source of three chemoprotective agents: folate, antioxidants and carotene. Folate helps produce and maintain cells and protects against DNA damage. Antioxidants help the body fight free radical damage, commonly associated with high cancer risk. Carotenes help inhibit antioxidant activity and are commonly associated with increased cancer prevention.
High in Antioxidants
One cup of pea shoots provides about 35% the daily value of vitamin C and 15% the DV of vitamin A. In comparison, this is seven times as much vitamin C as blueberries and four times as much vitamin A as tomatoes. They are also an excellent source of vitamin K, providing 66% the DV from a one cup serving.
Pea shoots are dense with the antioxidants and phytonutrients needed to support the body’s complex inflammation system.
While many studies point to the many benefits green peas can have for people suffering from diabetes, there is less research to conclude that pea shoots provide as much protection. However, pea shoots contain many of the nutrients that can help keep blood sugar levels low as well as great antioxidant support, which is considered essential in supporting people with type two diabetes and lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
Though large-scale research on the relationship between pea shoots and cardiovascular health remains unavailable, the support these leaf greens provide the inflammation system and immune system of the body, as well as the high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients they offer indicate that pea shoots may lend a wide range of cardiovascular benefits. Inflammation and antioxidants alone help protect against heart disease.
Pea shoots have an outstanding nutrient to calorie ratio and offer a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps control body weight and regulate the metabolism. Though they may not directly induce weight loss, they remain a great addition to an effective weight loss program.
Where to Buy
Aussie Sprouts are sold at Coles and