Market Watch: Pea Shoots
A true farmers’ market find: Sweet and tender pea shoots are too delicate and perishable for the supermarket.
Pea shoots are the green, coiled tendrils of the pea plant with delicate rounded leaves. They’re bursting with nutrients like vitamin C, fiber and even some protein. Shoots have a subtle pea flavor and add a fresh bite to salads, seafood recipes, and summer rolls (see recipe below). You can also wilt them into soups or pasta dishes by tossing in right before serving.
Shopping Tip: Choose crisp and bright green shoots. Store in the refrigerator gently wrapped in a paper towel and a plastic bag, use within 2 days.
Pea Shoot Summer Rolls with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce
Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; reduce heat to low. Using tongs, dip sheets of rice paper into water for 2 to 3 seconds and transfer to a damp kitchen towel. Top with a small bed of noodles followed by pea shoots, carrot, cucumber and light sprinkle of herbs. Roll gently and set aside. Repeat with remaining sheets of rice paper.
To prepare dipping sauce, combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Cut prepared summer rolls in half and serve with sauce.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »