Oklahoma Vegetable of the Month: Green Garden Peas
Peas are some of the first vegetables to be planted in the garden because they are frost-hardy. That means they can stand temperatures below freezing. In fact, peas taste better when they are grown while the weather is still cool. Peas grow in pods. In some varieties, like snow peas and sugar snaps, the pods taste as good as the peas themselves, In other varieties, the peas are shelled - removed from the shells.
Green garden peas are a valuable source of protein, iron and insoluble fiber. Sugar snap peas contain less protein, but are an excellent source of iron and vitamin C.
Lesson: Peas, Please
Play With Your Food
Bring fresh green garden peas to class for students to examine and shell.
Be a Food Explorer
Bring fresh snow peas, canned peas and frozen peas for a taste test. Graph preferences. (Fresh peas taste good raw, right out of the shell.)
Peas (Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked)
Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Bankston, John, Gregor Mendel and the Discovery of the Gene (Uncharted, Unexplored and Unexplained, Mitchell Lane, 2004. (Young Adult)
Bardoe, Cheryl, and Joseph A. Smith, Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, Abrams, 2006. (Grades PreK-2)
An attractive picture-book biography with readable text describes a scientist whose curiosity about inherited traits led him to discoveries that made him the father of genetics. Bright diagrams clearly depict Mendel's famous plants, the internal arrangement of their seeds and the results of carefully-controlled experiments in cross-breeding.
Llewellyn, Claire, What's for Lunch? Peas, Franklin Watts, 2003. (Grades 1-5)
Other fresh veggies in season this month: asparagus, greens, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.