The first pea crop is coming in heavy this year and I’m reminded of my first exposure to the raw food movement. No, not the current movement embraced by supermodels and celebrities. Mine happened 50 years ago when I was a young tyke.
Back then, when visiting the family farm, my job was to shell peas and shuck sweet corn for dinner. I was joined by my Uncle Chuck is this effort. The fruits of our labor were then boiled, salted and slathered in butter. But prior to releasing the bounty of our endeavor, we would eat some of the raw shelled peas and some of the raw sweet corn. It was if we ate dessert before we sat down to supper, and in some sense, that’s what we did.
I have nothing against the three major food groups: starch, salt and fat. However since those days, I have never understood why anyone would cook fresh peas or corn.
If you’ve never had fresh raw peas or fresh raw sweet corn, give it a try.