Pea shooting…

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Or “how to turn ridiculously cheap dried stuff into great, nutritious food”…

See the below recipe for how to do this and more pictures below.

Pea shooting…

From Chris's Stuff | Salads | French

How to grow delicious fresh pea sprouts for not a lot of money. Use them in your salads for a bit of extra taste and lots of extra nutrition.

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20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of dried peas (cheap sort, not split ones)
  • 1 Seed tray or satsuma box or similar
  • Soil for seed tray
  • Water

Directions

  1. Soak the peas for 24 hours before planting. How many peas? I spread my peas in the empty container before putting the soil in. You need to have enough peas to completely cover the tray, leaving maybe a pea space between each pea. Fairly dense but not on top of each other.
  2. Make sure the seed tray or container is clean.
  3. Put the soil in the tray to about 15mm below the top. The try needs to be around 30 to 40mm deep (more and it’s a waste).
  4. Scatter the soaked peas over the soil.
  5. Cover the scattered peas with more soil so they are about 2 peas diameter covered. About 10mm or so of soil.
  6. Dampen but not soak the soil.
  7. Put in warm place (window sill?) and leave for 2 weeks. Keep the soil moist but not drenched.
  8. After 2 weeks you will have fresh pea sprouts ready for eating:). Harvest them by cutting above the second leaf set. Doing this will allow another crop to grow. It maybe that you get more than two crops but is depends on the strength of the pea.

Tips

  • Eat the sprouts freshly cut and raw. Mix in salads or eat as a snack.

Completed seed tray. Next time I’ll get better pictures.

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After two weeks you get pea sprouts that look like this – ready for cropping as and when you want…

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And the proof is in the tasting. Seen here with a nice piece of fresh smoked salmon served on a bed of mixed leaves and fresh pea sprouts with balsamic vinegar as a dressing:)

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