Frozen Green Peas Nutrition
It has been noted that peas are a little piece of summer that can be enjoyed throughout the year and it is no wonder that peas are still one of Ireland's most popular vegetables.
They are packed full of vitamins and minerals that provide a range of health benefits. They can be used in the making of a range of dishes, from pesto to risotto to fish pie to ice cream. Peas can make your favourite meals extra special.
Our garden peas contain just 68 calories per 100g and are saturated fat free. They contain nutrients include vitamin C, folate, vitamin B1, iron and zinc.
While being low in sugars, peas are also high in fibre. We should all be aiming to eat more fibre in our diets and adding a side of peas can make your dinner that extra bit more satisfying too.
In the table below you can see some of the nutritional values of a single serving of peas.
Why Frozen Peas Are Better
Our freshly picked peas are frozen within just 2 1/2 hours of being picked fresh from the field. Freezing the peas so soon after being picked ensures that we retain all of the natural vitamins and minerals.
This means that frozen peas can be picked at their peak ripeness, at a time when they have their highest nutritional value. Freezing the peas means they retain more vitamin C than fresh or ambient peas when they make their way onto your plate.
However, by freezing the freshly picked peas, we are able to provide frozen green peas throughout the year. Whether you want a refreshing pea and watercress soup in the summer or a warming pea and ham soup in the winter, frozen peas don't go out of season. They can be easily stores in the freezer and called upon when needed. Unlike their fresh counterparts, frozen peas won't be wasted and thrown away.
Protein in Peas
Protein is an important part of any diet. Your body uses protein to build tissues and bones, make hormones, support the immune system and much more. A healthy diet should contain protein, but meat doesn't have to be your only protein source.
Green peas are often considered to be a great source of vegetable protein, like other members of the legume family,. Our garden peas contain 4.9g of protein for every 100g. This means, as a side dish or part of a main meal, they are a great way to get some extra meat-free protein into your diet. Peas can be enjoyed in soups, pesto, dips and risottos.