Well, some of the larger (and more upmarket) superstores do sell them, bagged and washed in spring-water - presumably handpicked by fair maidens. But you don't need to spend silly money for these super-foods, it's really quick and easy to grow your own for a fraction of the price.
For the tenderest, pea-flavoured shoots, get hold of a cheap packet of pea seeds from the garden centre, or you can pick them up for under a pound in discount homeware stores.
Cheaper still, you can use dried peas from the supermarket at around 70p a bag, but these tend to be Marrowfat peas and they grow a slightly tougher shoot. It's not a problem though if you pick them really, really young.
|500g of dried peas will keep us in shoots for the whole summer and beyond|
Start by soaking the peas overnight in cold water. This will help them to germinate faster.
Sew in shallow trays, with a thin layer of compost on top. Sew thickly - no need to worry about spacing here, the more the merrier!
Keep moist and you should have delicious pea shoots ready to cut in around 10 days.
They can be eaten raw - add to salads and use as a garnish. Or quickly blanch them in hot water to use as a vegetable.
Pea shoots are highly nutritious. They are low in fat and contain high levels of vitamins A, C and Folic Acid.
Go on, give peas a chance.
Do you have any thrifty gourmet tips? I'd love to hear them.