Always choose the peas with smooth, bright green pods that contain a good number of small peas as the smallest peas are sweeter and will cook quicker. Cooking the peas makes them sweeter.
Peas can be eaten raw or cooked and can liven up many food dishes. I add them to salads, stir-fries, savoury dishes, soups and stews as well as eating them straight from the pod. The pea can be used as a substitution in most recipes that call for green beans.
They’re best eaten as soon as they’re picked as they do not retain they’re freshness for very long. Thankfully our peas have not travelled too far at all!
They can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days however the longer they are refrigerated the less sweet they will be. To store, place them in a container that is not airtight or in a perforated plastic bag before putting in the fridge. Alternatively, you can blanch the peas for 2 minutes in boiling salt water, transfer to a bowl filled with ice to maintain the colour, then place in a plastic bag and freeze for up to 6 months.