How to choose peas with Toshitaka Omiya?
From Central Asia, peas have been cultivated in the Mediterranean region since Ancient Times. Brought by Audiger from Italy in the 17th century, its success was immediate in France. Through times, peas production went from being cultivated in the south of the country to the north and west – including the Parisian region.
The Executive chef Toshitaka Omiya of the Restaurant Alliance* in Paris tells you more right here.
How to choose and store it
Peas are actually legumes and not vegetables. They belong to the family with the most plant proteins. Peas grow inside a pod and are only available fresh between May and July. Try your best to choose bright and firm green pods. Right after harvest, they usually show their full potential of antioxidants.
Off-season, prefer using frozen peas than canned peas. Only because frozen peas have better taste and more vitamins.
Following your purchase, store your peas in the crisper of your refrigerator for 2 days. You can also freeze them for 8 months. If you want to freeze them correctly, you first have to separate them from the pod, blanch for 30 seconds before refreshing them in cold water. Next, put them in a bag or other container and store in the freezer.