Whilst peas are considered as a vegetable in cooking, the pods (which are also edible) are considered a fruit. The cultivated plant is grown in many parts of the world, and peas are used in a diverse range of dishes or eaten on their own as snacks. We are more used to buying them frozen all year round but fresh summer peas are a real delicacy. Peas are also a good source of protein as they are part of the pulse family, along with beans and lentils! Add them to risottos, soups, pasta sauce, curries... endless possibilities.
Nutritional benefits: Good source of vitamin A, B6, C and K, also protein, iron and potassium.
Quick cook's tip: Peas can be steamed and boiled in just a couple of minutes, from fresh or slightly longer from frozen. Alternatively, just eat them raw in salads!
Cooking methods for peas:
How to prepare fresh peas for steaming or boiling
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