Why Do Shelled Peas Sprout, and Is It Still OK to Eat Them?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: One of the farmers at my local farmers market sells peas already shelled. It’s a wonderful time saver but after just a day the peas start to sprout. Why do they do this and is it still okay to eat the peas?

Sent by Christina

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Editor: Christina, peas do sprout very fast! I would recommend keeping them cool and dry, but also eating them quickly. Once peas are shelled they rapidly lose their sweet flavor, and it’s best to shell then pop them directly into the pan!

Readers, any advice for Christina on keeping her shelled peas un-sprouted, and also on eating sprouted peas?

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