Local Peas

April 26, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Food 149 views

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PeasDuring the recent flying ban in Europe because of the volcano in Iceland, some of the grocery stores in the UK started to run out of fresh fruit. This reminded me of a few years back when the Spanish truckers union was on strike for a few days and the grocery shelves became empty surprisingly fast. These little reminders about how quickly our global food supply chain can collapse with just the slightest hiccup are a little sobering. When we hit Peak Oil any day now, “eating locally” might not be for the rich suburban housewives anymore.

Last week at the grocery store, I noticed a sign saying “Peas from Colindres” in the vegetable section, so I asked how they should be prepared and bought a kilo. I was told to boil them for a little bit first, and then place them in a frying pan with some small diced bits of jamón, Spanish cured ham. The result was very, very nice.

Local Peas
They were grown and brought in by a local woman.

Peas in a Pod
It took me a good long while to depod (?) them all, but eating the occasional raw pea made it fun.

Liberated from their cozy pods.

Peas and Ham
The final result in the frying pan.

  • Sounds good.

    fyi: Here in TX, we call it “shelling peas”.

    I have planted some purple hulls, just now poking up their little leaves, and can’t wait til they’re ready to pick. yum!

  • uncle Neil

    The peas look good but the pods look a bit sick. Maybe a month and a half old.
    Peas are cool. I shell two days straight every year. That will be August.
    16 hours.

  • Rea

    Guisantes con jamon. Yum. I like your blog.