petits pois Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Pronunciation: [peh-tee PWAH] The French term for "small young green peas." See also english pea. From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc. Keep Reading Next Up Are These Exotic Veggies Poised to Break Out in 2015? If your plans for 2015 include eating more vegetables, you don’t have to stick with the same old same old. These exotic veggies are poised for a breakout this year.