Peas Please

Pea Shell Pesto

I don’t like to see good food go to waste.

So whenever I buy some from my local farmer’s market or get a delivery from our farmshare, I’m always hyper aware of the imaginary ticking timer that hovers above all of our food.  Each and every time I open the fridge is a reminder to use it or lose it, which is probably as much a holdover from my hungry years as a desire not to be flippant with my finances.

Recently while shelling a few quarts of peas I thought it seemed like such a shame to throw away close to 80% of the veg (the pod) and thus decided to explore ways to repurpose them.

But the bag full of cleaned empty pods sat in the crisper of our fridge for a few days while I tried to work something out, taunting me with the possibility of spoilage daily.

And then it hit me… if I just steamed the empty pods a little, their fibrousness would break down enough to make friends with my high powered blender.

So that’s just what I did.

Once the pods were soft and bright green, it was an easy mental hop, skip and jump to turning them into a light and nutless pesto.

Not bad for something that would have been compost fodder otherwise, don’t you think?

Foodie’s Pea Pod Pesto

Clean, empty pods from 1 quart of shell peas, strings and stems removed

1 oz parmagiano reggiano

3 cloves garlic

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Steam the empty pea pods for 3-5 minutes over simmering water until softened and bright green, set aside.  In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine steamed pods, cheese, garlic and olive oil and pulverize until a smooth and paste-like consistency has been achieved.  Add olive oil or water as necessary to thin the pesto if desired.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and use anywhere you would use traditional pesto, or freeze in ice cube trays for a fresh and welcome blast of spring come wintertime.

Makes approximately 1 cup of pesto.

Until next time…

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