In Celebration of Pea Shoots!

IMG_0669Pea shoots are a delicious Spring delicacy which can actually be enjoyed all year round, since they can be grown easily as “microgreens” indoors or outdoors.

About Pea Shoots:

Pisum Sativum (garden pea) are in the Fabaceae family. Normally, pea plants take months to mature and produce peas, but the shoots can be grown as microgreens to eat in about 10 days. Seeds may be sown in a small amount of potting soil in shallow trays.  Since the shoots will be harvested young, they can be sown thickly, without thinning out.

Nutritionally, pea sprouts are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and folic acid.

Recipe Ideas for Pea Shoots

  • Stir Fry with garlic, ginger, some fresh cilantro & a dash of tamari
  • Braise in a little olive oil with a mix of greens (kale, dandelion greens, mustard greens) & garlic
  • Toss raw in salads with other greens, edible flowers, & fresh herbs
  • Toss raw with shaved raw asparagus and dress with lemon vinaigrette
  • Braise with fresh fava beans and toss with pasta and lemon zest
  • Chop and blend into dips with chives
  • Include on sandwiches as fresh greens
  • Include in Spring Rolls
  • Make Pea Shoot Pesto
  • Include in Pita pockets or tacos
  • Use as a fresh garnish, sprinkled with some lemon juice

A Farm in the Cloud

Pumpkin vineI suppose you could say that this new little blog is a farm “in the cloud”, since there is not yet any earthly real estate connected to it. This farm is full of life, though… an organic, lush, and productive place  full of garlic, lovage, herbs, weeds, ladybugs, frolicking goats… with plenty of inspiration and rambling stories of blood, sweat, and tears.

Like any worthy journey, this one is circuitous, like a river with many eddies, rapids, and waterfalls along the way.  If you stumbled in here seeking information about farming or gardening or homesteading, there will be some of that – and celebration of the magic of compost. There will be recipes – plenty of botanically-oriented, vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian… most garlic-infused, of course. There will also be eddies, stories, and travelogs.

Who knows – as this journey progresses, it may even root the farm in the clouds and the heart to the earth.