Personally, I really like peas – they’re small, green and very versatile little things that can liven up any dish, however many people dislike the smallest, most spherical greens of the vegetable world. Peas shouldn’t be neglected though; they have hidden depths: you may think that they’re a vegetable, but technically (well botanically speaking) they’re a fruit. Add to that the fact that they’ve been around for far longer than you, me, our grandparents, even our great great great grandparents, as archaeological specimens of the pea were found in Afghanistan dating back to 2000 BC, though I doubt that they’d be edible.
Scientifically speaking, the pea is quite a character, as it was from Gregor Mendel’s observation of pea pods that the whole foundation of modern genetics was developed. See, the pea isn’t so bad after all. T-shirt designers seem to be waging a war over whether the pea is a good thing, or just plain revolting. Are they green globes of goodness? Yes, according to the Hummus Bros who, in addition to feeding you wholesome hummus, sell t-shirts that read ‘Give Peas a Chance’.
But if you’re one of those who always leaves their mound of round greens at the side of the plate, you’d perhaps be better attired in this ‘I don’t like peas’ design from SP:UK. It’s such a great pea tee.