Friday, February 06, 2015
Decline of the humble pea
Next day I bailed someone up at work. When was the last time you ate peas, I said? I do so sometimes, she said. I put them in risotto. Frozen, I asked? Of course, she said.
Mmm. And when was the last time you bought fresh peas and shelled them? I don't remember, she said. Years ago.
I asked more people and got similar responses. That, you see, was my discovery. Growing up, we often had peas in the garden that we would shell. When we didn't, we bought them from the green grocer. We did grow and buy beans, but peas were our favourite. Then they started to vanish from supermarket shelves, banished by beans. Even their share of frozen space declined.
Now I wonder just how many Australians under thirty have even tasted a fresh pea. The pea has become another victim of a time poor world.
Go on, when was the last time you ate a fresh pea?