Pea shoots are the young leaves and stems of a pea plant. The leaves and stems both are highly nutritious and are best eaten raw, although are delicious when quickly stir fried and added to rice or pasta dishes. Kelly uses pea shoots as a base for salad along with spinach to replace lettuce entirely. Pea shoots are also excellent as a replacement for lettuce on tacos and tossed on a bowl chili.
These shoots are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, E and A, as well as potassium. These along with antioxidants and carotene mean pea shoots provide a great anti-inflammatory boost to the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, and promote excess weight loss.
The shelf-life of pea shoots is about 10 days and nutritional value remains stable if kept cool in the refrigerator and stored air tight.