The green color of green peas is indeed from chlorophyll, which is likely there from early embryogenesis. The pea (or bean) is the seed, the plant, the pod are both called the legumes.
- Nutritional Profile: A cup of dried peas contains 41 g of carbohydrates and 16 g of dietary fiber Good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus ,folate, as well as vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin B2, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium and choline.Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables rich in health promoting phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Dry peas (with 16 gm of protein per cup) have almost twice the protein contents as green peas and six times the protein content of snap peas. Half a cup of cooked dried peas provides 144 calories.
- Health Benefits: Folate-rich foods when given to expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in their newborn babies.Vitamin C in this legume help develop resistance against infectious agents. Food rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels inside the human body. Vitamin K plays important role in bone mass building function ( mineralization). It’s B vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.
- Usage: Peas can be added to soup as a flavorful side-dish, they mix well with other vegetables such as carrot, potato, beet, artichoke etc.