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Peas, Edible Pod

Peas belong to the legume family of plants, which bear pod-shaped fruits that enclose the seeds, which we call beans. Peas are actually one of the few legumes that are eaten fresh, as opposed to most beans that are usually dried first.

Those itty-bitty peas are packed with a long list of essential nutrients: protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and even a small amount of calcium. Peas are also one of the only sources of saponins, which are phytonutrients that provide anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies have shown saponins to reduce cholesterol, boost immunity, reduce bone loss, and lower cancer risk. (Read more about saponins on and get your pea nutrition facts on

English peas, snow peas, and snap peas can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.

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