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Barbara Rolek

Green Pea Soup or Yellow Pea Soup, That Is the Question.

By March 8, 2014

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Polish Split Pea Soup - Zupa Grochowka
Polish Split Pea Soup - Zupa Grochowka
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Which is your favorite pea to use for soup? I'm a die-hard yellow split-pea soup gal. So was my mother. My brother and sister, on the other hand, are green pea devotees. I think the green pea variety lends an unnecessary sweetness to soup. Others swear by it because it's a perfect foil for the saltiness of ham -- you know, the old sweet-and-salty thing.

Why not chime in on the forums and tell me do you prefer green or yellow peas for soup?

Yellow split peas are not the immature form of green peas, as I used to think. They are two distinct varieties and a great source of fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates with only 1 gram of fat per 350-calorie serving (that's just the peas, mind you, not the soup).

In addition to being turned into soup, they find their way into British pease pudding, Yellow split peas are most often used to prepare dhal in Guyana, Trinidad and the Fiji Islands, which is similar to Indian dhals which are made with lentils. Here are some Eastern European recipes for pea soup:


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Comments

January 19, 2011 at 11:37 am
(1) PotterBeth says:

Well, I have to admit. I much prefer lentil soup — but only if it is cooked in a cast iron pot. For some reason, no other cooking vessel works at all well. For my taste, anyway. *wry laugh*

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