Food Type: Legume
Age Suggestion: 6 months +
Common Allergen: No
When can babies have peas ?
Peas may be introduced as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age.
Are peas healthy for babies?
Yes! Peas are a powerhouse food for little ones. They’ve got lots of fiber, protein, and an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. They also have tons of vitamins and minerals, with exceptionally high levels of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and zinc. Peas are also a fantastic source of B-vitamins, especially B6 and folate, which are often insufficient in babies’ diets. Lastly, peas contain a wonderful assortment of phytonutrients that offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Did you know that peas are seeds and, botanically speaking, that a pea pod is a fruit because it grows from a flower? It’s true! And like many fruits, peas contain plenty of vitamin C. Plus they have lots of iron! This is an important combination for babies because vitamin C helps our bodies absorb iron from plant sources. In fact, garden peas are one of the most common ingredients in processed baby foods, but quite fun when served on their own
How to prepare peas for your baby!
Every baby develops on their own timeline. The preparation suggestions below are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional, one-on-one advice from your pediatric medical or health professional, nutritionist or dietitian, or expert in pediatric feeding and eating. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen here.
6 to 8 months old: Blend peas into a smooth puree or a
spread and serve on top of teething rusks, rice cakes or on their own for hand-scooping. Encourage baby to self-feed with their hands.
9 to 11 months old: Flatten peas with the back of a fork and serve as a finger food to work baby’s developing pincer grasp. if you feel comfortable offering whole peas go for it.
12 to 24 months old: At this age your baby should be able to chase after peas with their little fingers and pick up foods with more dexterity. Try serving peas on their own and as your baby’s skills develop, encourage fork practice by spearing peas. Good fun for all!
It's a fact!
According to Washington State University Extension, archaeologist have "unearthed peas in ancient tombs" and discovered old literature and drawings that describe peas. Physical evidence of peas was found in Egyptian tombs of the 12th dynasty. After the vegetable became a well-known edible, it took a while for their popularity to catch on. Washington State University extension states claims the Romans preferred chickpeas and other protein-packed fruit over peas. Peas were consumed most often during the Lenten season in the Middle Ages. But their portability and minimal storage requirements encouraged future eating. Peas were dried and stored, just like beans, another legume. American settlers ate them as a staple on their Atlantic crossing and considered them an essential as they settled in the New World. Peas were one of the first crops to be planted in the colonies.