I'm having a bizarre spring, with the temperature jumping and dropping 30 degrees in a day. So I'm getting very impatient for my vegetable garden to start rewarding all my efforts. I may not have peas yet, but I do have pea plants and that means I can indulge in one of the freshest tastes of spring - pea shoots and tendrils.
All parts of pea plants are edible and the young shoots and tendrils make elegant, tasty additions to salads and side dishes. By snipping a few stray tendrils, I don't have to wait weeks to enjoy my first harvest. Just take a little from each plant and allow them to keep growing, so you'll get plenty of peas.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti