About Split Peas:
Palouse Brand is proud of our beautiful green split peas and our farm to table outlook. We grow the Aragorn Variety of split peas, in our opinion the king of all green split peas, as they are full of flavor, fiber, and protein, not to mention their beautiful color. While green split peas are often used in split pea soup, they do lend themselves to a variety of split pea recipes. Our green split peas are also vegan and gluten-free. While our green split peas are processed in the same facility as wheat, we are diligent in keeping them gluten-free. Also, our products are not processed in the same facility as dairy, nuts or soy alleviating a majority of allergy concerns. When you open a bag of our split peas, you’ll see uniformity in size, a beautiful dark green color, and a brilliant shine created by our cleaning process, which polishes the peas with steam. Nostalgia filled aromas will consume your home when cooking the ever classic split pea soup, or maybe one of our fresh, fun recipes with our green split peas.
Split Peas vs Peas:
While green peas and split peas are both peas they differ on almost every level. They have different uses, textures and are even grown differently. Split peas are naturally vine-ripened in the field and then harvested, clean and packaged. Fresh peas are harvested using a specially designed combine at the moment the pea ripens, they can also be hand-picked. Fresh peas can be eaten raw while dried split peas need to be cooked for approximately 30 minutes.
Split Peas vs Lentils:
Both are legumes and there are many differences between them both. Split peas are field peas that dry in the field for harvest and that then split when cleaned along their natural seam. They are often used in split pea soup recipes. While lentils are a legume they are also a pulse. A pulse is the dried seed of a legume. Lentils are more commonly used in lentil salads and as a meat substitute.
Green Split Pea Nutrition:
As a member of the legume family, Green Split Peas are filled with tons of nutritional benefits. The major health benefit from split peas is the high fiber which can help to lower cholesterol. The high fiber that these legumes provide is definitely the greatest nutrient and can help with so many different health benefits. In addition to the possibility of lowering cholesterol, the high fiber provided by dried peas can help aid in the digestive tract and conditions that are so related. Dried split peas also can provide your body with minerals, B-vitamins, and proteins. All of these great nutrients are incredibly helpful with the possibility of managing blood sugar disorders. Split peas protein is also something to note when talking about split pea nutrition. Split peas have 13 grams of protein in one serving.
Another major component of dried split peas is isoflavones which work like a weak estrogen and can reduce the risk of certain cancers including prostate and breast cancers.
It’s clear that dried Green Split Peas are incredibly nutritious for anybody and can help with numerous health concerns, making them small but mighty!
How to Cook Green Split Peas:
Cooking green split peas couldn’t be any easier. Start by filling a pot with a cup of Green Split Peas and 3 cups of water, bringing them to a boil. Once, boiling turn your stove to a simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the peas are tender. Be sure to note, these dried split peas don’t plump in size when cooked. The biggest mistake many people make when cooking split peas, as well as other beans, is to add salt to your cooking water. The salt causes the outer coat of the pea to harden, which prevents them from softening at all. So our main tip in cooking our green split peas is to always add any salt or seasonings after your peas have reached your desired consistency. Once your split peas have reached that perfect tender consistency, it’s important to blanch them or immediately run them under ice cold water so that you prevent carryover cooking, this important step also helps to preserve that beautiful green color in your peas!
Once you have our Palouse Brand Green Split Peas cooked, your recipe options are endless. As earlier addressed, there is the classic split pea soup, as well as a spin of our own on split pea soup, Split Pea Gazpacho. We even have a delicious vegan and dairy-free ice cream recipe using our green split peas. What more could you ask for? These dried split peas don't plump in size when you cook them. Place a cup of split peas in a pot with 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Then turn to simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender. Some people make the mistake of cooking split peas and other beans with salt in the water. Do not make this mistake - salt will harden the outer coat so they don't soften. Always add your salt and seasonings after the beans have reached the desired consistency.
Split Pea Recipes:
While green split pea soup in the most common use as well as a recipe for green split peas. We love to use them in a variety of recipes since they are quick to cook and don't need to be soaked before cooking. We have used green splits in dips and salads and even made a green split pea vegan ice cream. Check out our green split pea recipes here.
To start off your split pea recipe adventure here is our famous Classic Split Pea Soup recipe. This particular recipe is perfect for your next gathering and of course, is vegan and gluten-free! People will be begging for your recipe. Be sure to check out our blog for more split pea recipes!
2 cups Palouse Brand split peas
3 quarts water
1 cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1 large onion chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups shredded carrots
4 stalks celery chopped (I like to use this inside leafy pieces too)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add rinsed peas, water and broth to a large pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. sauté onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in olive oil until soft. Add sautéed ingredients to the A4soup pot. Cover and simmer for 4-5 hours until peas are tender and liquid has cooked down. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To get a smooth texture place cooked soup in a blender to puree ( caution – for most ordinary blenders you will need to puree in very small batches or let the soup cool before pureeing).
What makes Palouse Brand Green Split Peas Special?
The Mader family has been farming for five generations and our cleaning facility was designed for quality not quantity and has cleaned legumes and grains for the international market and domestic consumption. Our food is appealing to our consumers because of its nutrition, aesthetics, and trace-ability to our farm fields.
What is Trace-ability?
Each bag of food comes with a special lot code that allows you to see the dates we planted and harvested your food, pictures of the growing crop and more. All of our products are certified Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Verified and our farming methods are Certified Sustainable by the Food Alliance. Our foods are different because Steve & Kevin Mader plant, harvest, clean and package at our own facilities in Washington State - there are few if any companies that can track your food and the details of your food back to the field as we do.
Ingredients: green split peas **Cleaned in a facility that also cleans wheat**
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