What you need to know:
Peas are an excellent source of folacin and contain Vitamins A and C, fibre and potassium. They are a measly (peasly) 70 calories for a half cup making them a wonderful snack eaten raw when they are in season. They are classically paired with mint when in season and should be eaten shelled or in the shell fresh off the vine.
Peas are in season in June and July when they are crisp, bright and sweet.
What to look for:
Peas should be bright, deep green and the pods should be glossy. You rarely find them shelled as the pods protect them and are often delicious to eat.
How to store it:
Peas should be stored in the fridge in a plastic bag for several days but are best eaten as fresh as possible.
Why you should try it:
Peas are very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be added to rice and stews, in salads and soups and in or out of their pods. Peas are wonderfully sweet and fresh and if you grow them in your garden can be eaten right off the vine. If you have only tried canned peas, you must try them fresh as the canned version is just awful. Frozen peas however are quite nice and can be enjoyed all year long.