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Wednesday, 11 January 2017


The pea, although treated as a vegetable in cooking, is botanically a fruit; the term is most commonly used to describe the small spherical seeds or the pods of the legume Pisum sativum.

Originally the word was "pease," and it was singular. The sound on the end was reanalyzed as a plural 's' marker, and at the end of the 17th Century people started talking about one "pea." The older form lives on in the nursery rhyme "Pease-porridge hot, pease-porridge cold…"

Peas have been cultivated for thousands of years, the sites of cultivation have been described in southern Syria and southeastern Turkey, and also in ancient China.

There were no known "green peas" in Britain until after the Norman Conquest of England. It was noted in the middle of the 12th century that among foods being stored at the Barking Nunnery, near London, were "green peas for Lent."

Dried peas were one of the principal foods for the poor in medieval times as they were cheap and filling.

The Victorians dyed canned peas green with toxic copper sulphate.

On average, there are eight peas in a pod.

Black-eyed peas are not peas. They are beans.

Sources, Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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