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  • 11/27/14 – Weekend Food Challenge: Snap Peas

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    A perfect snap pea is plump and bright green, and it gives a sharp “snap” when folded in half. Snap peas were developed back in the 17th century by crossing a regular garden pea with a flat snow pea, but they did not become common in the U.S. until the 1970s. Now California is a huge snap pea producer. Guess what food has more protein than a whole egg or one tablespoon of peanut butter?  That’s right—just a little over a cup of snap peas wins the competition! Snap peas are also rich in iron and vitamin C, which are both good for your immune system. Peas also contain lutein, which helps eye health, reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. In addition, fresh pea pods are an excellent source of folic acid. Snap peas grow on vines, which must be supported since they reach 4-feet high. When the pods are ripe, they are nearly 3 inches long. For best flavor, you’ll want full-size pods, but be careful to not let them over-mature or start to dry out. You can even eat the snap pea blossoms and tender plant tips! When purchasing snap peas at the grocery store, look for firm pods with a slightly velvet surface. They should look almost like they are bursting. Avoid limp pods.

    Tiny fibrous “strings” line the edge of a snap pea. When the peas are young, it’s fine to ignore these strings and simply eat the peas, string and all. More mature peas usually require “de-stringing” to remove the tough fiber before eating. Watch your cooking time with snap peas—simmer only 2-3 minutes. Any longer, and the pods will become mushy and flavorless.

    Watch this video and learn how to remove snap pea strings!

    Sauteed Snap Peas
    Snap Peas Nutrition Label
     

5/22/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Collard Greens

5/22/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Collard Greens

Upload your recipe & photo and ENTER THE CHALLENGE   Ancient Greeks and Romans were the first to enjoy collard greens. In the mid 1600’s, this delicious vegetable was brought over to America by the Europeans, although it might have already been here. Two years ago, South Carolinians loved collard greens so much they decided […]   Continue Reading
  May 21, 2015   No comments
5/15/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Cantaloupe

5/15/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Cantaloupe

Upload your recipe & photo and ENTER THE CHALLENGE   Cantaloupe is an imposter! That’s right, the familiar melon with the sweet, orange flesh is not a cantaloupe at all; it is actually a muskmelon. The “true” cantaloupe is only grown in Europe—its name originated from Cantalupo, Italy, where it was first cultivated. All cantaloupes […]   Continue Reading
  May 14, 2015   No comments
5/8/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Blueberries

5/8/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Blueberries

Featured Food:  Blueberries Challenge Weekend May 8, 2015 Silly Food Fact Blueberries are a true North American fruit. Wild blueberries grow only here, and North America produces 90% of the world’s blueberries. The early American colonists even created gray “paint” by boiling blueberries in milk! Today, wild blueberries are called lowbush, while commercial species are […]   Continue Reading
  May 7, 2015   No comments
5/1/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Tempeh

5/1/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Tempeh

 Upload your recipe & photo and JOIN THE CHALLENGE   And what is tempeh, you ask. If you were living in Indonesia right now, you’d be buying a block of tempeh wrapped in a banana leaf from a street vendor. Your family would also have a secret tempeh recipe—handed down from one generation to the […]   Continue Reading
  April 30, 2015   No comments
4/17/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Whole Wheat Tortillas

4/17/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Whole Wheat Tortillas

Upload your recipe & photo and JOIN THE CHALLENGE Did you know that astronauts eat tortillas? A sandwich made with bread just doesn’t work with the reduced gravity in space—bread crumbs float around the spacecraft and can damage equipment. That’s why NASA created specially-designed flour tortillas for astronauts’ meals. The classic flatbread tortilla has been […]   Continue Reading
  April 16, 2015   No comments
4/10/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Beets

4/10/15 – Weekend Food Challenge: Beets

Upload your recipe & photo and ENTER THE CHALLENGE   When you get embarrassed, does your face turn “beet-red”? You may not want that color on your face, but that deep, purple-red hue on a beet is gorgeous! Betacyanin is what produces this color, and beet juice has been used to color everything from hair […]   Continue Reading
  April 9, 2015   No comments
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