Coats off, it’s Freezing!

The peas from the plot, or at least the pods that I managed to lay a claim to and bring back home, were picked on the Saturday and considerable time it took too – a reflection I’d like to think of the bumper crop rather than the work ethic of the pickers. It is amazing to think that just ten days previously we were looking hard to find a handful of pods with their contents swollen sufficiently, as reported in ‘Veggie Update V‘.  Development since has been so good that around 80% of the peas must have been picked at this one session.  As one would expect of such professional gardeners we carried out sophisticated quality testing on site personally and were amply aided by a fussy 3 year old who gave the thumbs up. So having passed all such tests pods were taken back to the City for treatment.

Peas in their Pod Coats
Peas in their Pod Coats

The frist thing to do was to take the coats off, so we started by unzipping the pods.

Unzipped
Unzipped

Having left the peas exposed to the elements but still hanging on to their outer linings it was time to get ruthless. The peas were stripped from their coats and to add to the confusion neighbour was separated from neighbour and all the peas were mixed together.

Ready for the big Freeze
Ready for the big Freeze

The coats lay in a pile next to a glass bowl, now full of peas. Fights broke out as greater space was sought and there was the usual rush for the window seats to see what was happening. Those that had gathered there suddenly fell silent as a white door was opened, cold air seeped forth and plastic bags were flexed.

Please note that the ending of this horrific tale has been forcibly cut by the editor and other sensors in order to spare  any unnecessary suffering that may be caused to vegetable lovers or people of a nervous disposition.

All Shelled Out
All Shelled Out

16 thoughts on “Coats off, it’s Freezing!

  1. It’s the eating of them when real tender and full of sweetness that I cherish. For the apartment I would say herbs would work, but make them the easy type and not basil (though I just love its taste).

    Right now not too sure of the state of our own plot as just back from holidays. Be catching up soon, hope all is well with you. MM 🌽

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  2. I have various fond memories of pea shelling. Now I’m wondering where I could grow some in our shady little apartment…. Not sure it would work…

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  3. I love fresh peas. I’ve been known to eat a pound of them from the farmer’s market before I even arrive home. How wonderful to be able to harvest and photograph them yourself. Enjoy them and your images. Both are tasty!

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  4. What a beautiful crop of peas and your mention of a three year old who gave thumbs up reminds me of my childhood. My mother always grew a vegetable garden and I still have vivid memories of picking buckets of peas with my 3-year old baby brother. He loved to pop them into his mouth and eat them fresh. “Oh, how I wish I had a photograph of those jaws filled to the brim full of delicious fresh peas from the garden.”

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  5. Freezer??????

    I would have eaten the lot straight out of the pod……literally.

    I love fresh peas. I bought some a few weeks ago and ate them after shelling – they never reached the cooking pot. I really must buy some more (regardless of the price).

    Like your photos of them unzipped and ready for stripping.

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