Pea Soup

Pea soup or split pea soup is soup made typically from dried peas, such as the split pea. It is, with variations, a part of the cuisine of many cultures. It is greyish-green or yellow in color depending on the regional variety of peas used; all are cultivars of Pisum sativum.

Pea soup has been eaten since antiquity; it is mentioned in Aristophanes' The Birds, and according to one source "the Greeks and Romans were cultivating this legume about 500 to 400 BC. During that era, vendors in the streets of Athens were selling hot pea soup."

Eating fresh "garden" peas before they were matured was a luxurious innovation of the Early Modern period: by contrast with the coarse, traditional peasant fare of pease pottage, Potage Saint-Germain, made of fresh peas and other fresh greens braised in light stock and pureed, was an innovation sufficiently refined that it could be served to Louis XIV of France, for whose court at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye it was named, ca 1660-80.

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Pea Soup Around The World - Poland
... In Poland, pea soup is typically associated with military, where it still remains a popular dish ... This is because pea soup is nutritious and cheap, and can be easily prepared in large quantities ... Military pea soup (grochówka wojskowa) is said to have to be thick enough to put a spoon straight up in it ...
Dutch Cuisine - Structure of Meals - Dinner
... include stamppot (Dutch mashed potato mixed with other mashed vegetables) and pea soup ... If there is a starter, it is usually soup ... a lot of carbohydrates, which makes it a popular meal for cold winter days Snert is a very thick pea soup that can be served either as a main dish or as an appetizer and is ...
Pea - Modern Culinary Use
... Split peas (raw) Yellow split peas Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 1,425 kJ (341 kcal) Carbohydrates 60 g - Sugars 8 g - Dietary fiber 26 g Fat 1 g Protein 25 g Thiamine (vit ... Iron 4 mg (31%) Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults In modern times peas are usually boiled or steamed, which breaks down the ... the 17th and 18th centuries, it had become popular to eat peas "green", that is, while they are immature and right after they are picked ...

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