Organic Yellow Peas
This wonderful product is grown and cleaned by Tamarack Farms near Riding Mountain. Yellow peas are a helpful addition to organic rotations because they pull enough nitrogen from the atmosphere for themselves to grow, and also leave extra nitrogen for crops in the following year. We’re particularly fond of these little guys, because Tamarack Farms also grows naked oats for us, and the happiest oats seem to be grown as an intercrop with yellow peas!
These yellow peas are left whole, but with a little bit of a longer cook time they can be used in the same way as a yellow split pea. We love them in rich wintery soups, or for whipping into a flavourful hummous, and we toss them into curries and stews, or anything we’d usually use chickpeas for!
Not to say that i’m not still on the look-out for Manitoba grown chickpeas, but they are much more difficult to grow in this part of the world (they like conditions that are a bit hotter and bit dryer than what we usually experience). Conventional (non-organic) farmers will usually spray chickpeas with fungicides several times in a growing season, and organic farmers struggle to keep their crop free of disease. So yellow peas it is! It takes a bit of getting used to the different flavour (they taste more like fresh peas, whereas chickpeas are more neutral), but once you get over the mind block, they work in all the same ways 🙂