by Tori Avey
Peas are a harbinger of spring. They first arrived in America by way of England during the early 1600s. Peas are early bloomers, they are one of the first crops to be harvested from the garden each spring. Thomas Jefferson was a fan of peas and grew around 30 varieties in his garden at Monticello. According to his family history, Jefferson was the originator of the Charlottesville neighborhood pea contest. Whoever produced the first peas of the season would host a community dinner with at least one dish containing the newly harvested peas. I love this idea!
This Spring Pea Guacamole is lighter and much lower in fat than traditional guacamole. It will stay a bright green color, unlike the avocado version which tends to brown, so it’s perfect for serving at parties and buffets. Green peas are high in vitamin K, they’re loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits, and they also support blood sugar regulation. In addition to all of this, they taste like spring!